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Details on Windows 7 SKUs

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:35 PM | Tuesday, February 3, 2009 | (url: http://www.winsup...)

Unlike with Vista, where Microsoft crowded the market with too many mainstream product editions, Windows 7 will ship in just a handful of common-sense product editions. And also unlike with Vista, these product editions are all true supersets of each other, so there are no overlapping feature sets (which is good) and upgrades will be much simpler (which is even better).

"As we moved to Windows 7, we looked back on the key learnings we had with Windows Vista and the conversations we've had with partners and customers," Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte told me in a recent briefing. "Everyone was looking for simplicity and clarity. They don't want to compromise capabilities as they stepped up."


02-03-09 - 04:24 PM
Is there a release time frame out there yet?
02-03-09 - 05:05 PM
rumor is this year
02-03-09 - 05:22 PM
beta deactivates august first i believe
02-03-09 - 05:41 PM
sweet, instead of 7 products, there's 5!
02-03-09 - 06:01 PM
Originally posted by Thetar  
sweet, instead of 7 products, there's 5!

no, not really. Its very similar to how they did it with xp. Several versions consumers never see, like the 3rd world edition.
02-03-09 - 09:24 PM
Yeah but losers like us on TW are gonna want ultimate edition
02-03-09 - 10:07 PM
Originally posted by KnightMare  

no, not really. Its very similar to how they did it with xp. Several versions consumers never see, like the 3rd world edition.
According to the article, the only changes are:

-Home Basic and Starter switch places (not unlikely that Paul fucked this up though; why would Microsoft do that?)
- Professional has all of the features of Home Premium as well as the extra stuff that Vista Business had, whereas Vista Business was lacking media centre and whatnot. This will also be marketed towards retail customers this time
- Enterprise has everything professional does (ie. media centre), as well as the extra stuff that Vista Enterprise had

So the only substantial change is that Pro and Enterprise will not be missing anything from Home Premium, and that Pro will be aimed at the retail market this time (there'll be something in-between Home Premium and the overly expensive Ultimate). There's also less of a reason to buy Ultimate because of this.
02-03-09 - 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Hurricane Harold  
According to the article, the only changes are:

-Home Basic and Starter switch places (not unlikely that Paul fucked this up though; why would Microsoft do that?)
- Professional has all of the features of Home Premium as well as the extra stuff that Vista Business had, whereas Vista Business was lacking media centre and whatnot. This will also be marketed towards retail customers this time
- Enterprise has everything professional does (ie. media centre), as well as the extra stuff that Vista Enterprise had

So the only substantial change is that Pro and Enterprise will not be missing anything from Home Premium, and that Pro will be aimed at the retail market this time (there'll be something in-between Home Premium and the overly expensive Ultimate). There's also less of a reason to buy Ultimate because of this.


:lol: buy Windows 7.
02-04-09 - 12:23 AM
ull only ever see basic, premium and ultimate
02-05-09 - 03:56 AM
tbh im probably going to get win7 when it ships. im using vista business 64bit, which i got free through my college's MSDN academic subscription. the issue is, the academic sub only has business oriented copies, and i miss a lot of the media center features vista added over XP, that i get to use when im doing media work on friends comps that came with home premium, or which they installed ultimate on. sucks even more, since i NEED some of the business features (domain support for 1) for some of my classwork i do configuring virtual networks for various things, and i dont have the money for vista ultimate. their marketing structure is a+ in my book. its exactly how vista should have been, now lets just hope the beta performance caries over to release
02-05-09 - 06:08 PM
Why peopole pay for Microsofts OS's is beyond me. Ridiculous that the cycle for them is becoming increasingly shorter... Windows 7 should be a free upgrade to people who bought Vista.
02-05-09 - 07:31 PM
Originally posted by Project2501  
Why peopole pay for Microsofts OS's is beyond me. Ridiculous that the cycle for them is becoming increasingly shorter... Windows 7 should be a free upgrade to people who bought Vista.


huh? The xp cycle was only long because of all the vista delays
02-05-09 - 09:35 PM
i'm sure anyone who is coding for third party programs LOVES M$ right about now. They just keep popping out OS's.

I like my vista 64 and will let this run for as long as I can, but I just bought it, and M$ will be damned if I pay a cent for win 7.
02-06-09 - 06:18 AM
02-09-09 - 11:29 AM
Awesome. Windows ME v3.0 in route. 2.0, I mean Vista just wasn't fubar enough.

If W7 is even close to the shit sandwich Vista was, I'll honestly switch to Mac. This isn't some flag waving, MS will rue the day, march with me internet campaign. Just a fact. I love PCs. I've built probably a hundred or more both professionally and for myself and they got it right with 98SE, W2K, and XP Pro. (NT 4 was good as well but not for home use so much) But if they fuck this up, I pray that Google will swoop in and make their own OS so I don't have to buy that overpriced elitist garbage. Mac's hardware implementation is shit. $500 for 2 gig of RAM?!?!? I paid $59.00 the other day for 4GB of DDR2 800. $450 for a 1TB drive? Fuck them and MS too.

In order for W7 to be a hit, it will have to be a super-charged XP on steroids in hi-def THX Dolby 1.21 Jigawatts Sham-WOW!. I love interface customization as much as the next guy, but I don't need a bunch of fluffy flashy animated graphic thingies when I'm working with files on my local drive...I need functionality. And this latest "Windows Search" scares the shit out of me if it's any indication as to how the file system will work, or lack of it, in W7. Yet again the MS lock-out mentality regarding security by removing context menus and telling people what they need and don't need to see. Wasn't that the whole point of explorer integration? Doing anything anywhere at any time? What the hell good is a search function if you aren't going to let me do anything with the result set? Configure this configure that? Fuck that. It should be wide fucking open and let me choose what to lock down and what not to, not vice-versa.

If all you do is surf the internet and play video games, I'm sure Vista is fine. But doing professional software development, and pro audio production...forget it. I spent 300 on Vista then rolled back to XP.

Blah ranting.
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