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MS: six versions of Windows Vista coming

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.




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  1. SpaceMonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Too complicated

    "Windows Vista Home Premium...Windows Vista Ultimate...Windows Vista Home Basic"

    This sounds like a great way to confuse customers. And why should you have to have "Home Premium" to be able to burn DVDs?

  1. whelkboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Nice

    and confusing. Well, to Joe public, I expect.

    Also, not only will my business have various versions of existing Windows flavours to support, but also another bunch on top! Gaaaah.

  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    ...

    Only six? I was hoping for at least half a dozen. Good old MS, you gotta love em'. Or not, as is the case with me.

    That's what we need, a whole bunch of different versions of OSX, then we'd really be able to show them... oh yeah.

    So many Windows and still no one seems ot see what's happening outside Redmond.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hmmm lawsuit?

    So what they are saying is that media features will be bundled / integrated with certain versions of the operating system? Didn't they get prosecuted for doing something like that once before? WiMP anyone?

  1. Spacemoose

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Counting is Fun!

    Six is half a dozen.

  1. jasonsRX7

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Awesome

    And if 6 isn't enough for you, you can break them down by sub versions:

    Windows Vista Home Basic Retail Windows Vista Home Basic OEM Windows Vista Home Basic Upgrade Windows Vista Home Premium Retail Windows Vista Home Premium OEM Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade Windows Vista Ultimate Retail Windows Vista Ultimate OEM Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade Windows Vista Enterprise European edition Windows Vista Enterprise Ultimate Warrior Windows Vista Basic Hulkamaniac edition

    This is a fantastic idea

  1. icecrystal23

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    why?

    why doesn't MS just sell like... two versions: home and business. they could have different install options. then people could get what they needed..

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    6?

    See, the culture is totally different. In Windows you have end users and admins. Admins are known to have god-like tendencies and end users are considered unanymously moronic. Windows Vista furhter expoilts this in the marketing with 6 amaizngly retarded versions.

    Granted, in the Mac world you've got OS X (cleint) and OS X Server, but everyone is considered an admin with the exceptional gurus. Totally different.

  1. jedi2187

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Wow...

    Eight versions of Suckô!

  1. jedi2187

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    D'oh!

    I meant Six. (Note: Give Ballmer back his calculator)

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