updated 05:10 pm EST, Mon February 27, 2006
Six versions of Vista
Microsoft is planning to offer six core versions of Windows Vista, which the company says will ship in the second half of 2006. The tech giant will release three versions for consumers, two for businesses, and a stripped-down edition for emerging markets, according to a report from Reuters. Barry Goffe, director of Microsoft's Windows client product marketing said "we're delivering the exact same number of offerings as in Windows XP, but the big difference is that each of those offerings are targeted differently with a different set of features." Windows Vista Home Premium utilizes tablet PC technology to decipher handwriting which will allow users to write notes on their computers, and will allow users to record or watch high-definition television, as well as burn or author DVDs. Windows Vista Ultimate includes business-oriented features, while the stripped Windows Vista Home Basic edition ships without the multimedia capabilities of its more robust siblings. Windows Vista Business is designed for small to medium-sized businesses, while Windows Vista Enterprise will be aimed at global companies.