Windows 7 Line Up Announced


If you have not kept up, Microsoft released some information about Windows 7 about 1 hour ago. There are going to be six SKUs for Windows 7:
 
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (emerging markets only)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium – suggested for home users
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise – Business premium SKU
  • Windows 7 Ultimate – A mixture of Home Premium and Enterprise (see below)

Here is the MS information about the SKUs:

Windows 7 Starter

Windows 7 Home Basic

(emerging market only)

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate

Key Feature list

·          Broad app and device compatibility with up to 3 concurrent applications

·          Safe, reliable, and supported

·          Ability to join a Home Group

·          Improved taskbar and JumpLists

·          Starter features

·          Unlimited applications

 

·          Live Thumbnail Previews & enhanced visual experience

·          Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing)

·          Mobility Center

·          Home Basic features

·          Unlimited applications

 

·          Aero Glass & advanced windows navigation

·          Easy networking & sharing across all your PCs & devices

·          Improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To

·          Multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition

 

·          Professional features

·          Unlimited applications

 

·          Ability to join a managed network with Domain Join

·          Protect  data with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System

·          Print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing

 

·          Professional and Consumer

·          Unlimited applications

 

·          BitLocker data protection on internal and external drives

·          DirectAccess provides seamless connectivity to your corporate network.  (requires Windows Server 2008 R2)

·          Decrease time branch office workers wait to open file across the network with BranchCache. (requires Windows Server 2008 R2)

·          Prevent unauthorized software from running with AppLocker

Note: Ultimate includes all Enterprise and all Home Premium features, including multi-language packs.

– Windows 7 Enterprise is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing

Peace and Grace,
Greg

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2 Responses to Windows 7 Line Up Announced

  1. Clinton says:

    Why is nothing being said about support for IIS7? The only sound reason I’ve found for adopting Visa was the use of IIS7 and support for developing multiple websites which makes a web developer’s job much better on a day to day basis.

  2. Gregory says:

    That is a good question Clinton. I would guess it is due to most of the early marketing on why consumers should switch. I have been playing with the beta (in a VPC) for a bit and I find it like a prettier Vista in most ways. I will hold off a serious review until release (later this year?). Peace and Grace,Greg

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