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 17 September 2005, Vol 8 No. 32

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Windows Vista product editions revealed

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Windows Vista

Before the start of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft provided some information about the Windows Vista product editions to a select group of people (nope, not me).

In a news posting on the ars technica Web site these versions were named as:

Starter Edition Like Windows XP's Starter Edition, only available in 'emerging markets'. A stripped down version only capable of running three concurrent applications (windows).

Home Basic Edition Like Windows XP Home Edition. Will include parental controls, antivirus, antyspyware functionality and more.

Home Premium Edition Added to the Home Basic Edition is Media Center functionality, including DVD video authoring, HDTV support and DVD ripping. Also included in this version is Wi-Fi auto configuration, auxiliary display support, and more elaborate networking features. This will most likely become the next "standard OS" in place of Windows XP Home.

Professional Edition Not like today's Windows XP Professional. This version is really aimed at business users, and won't provide the Media Center functionality of the Home Premium Edition. This edition will add support for non-Microsoft networking protocols as well as domain support.

There will also be a Small Business Edition and an Enterprise Edition that add specific features to appeal to their respective markets such as a networked backup solution, while the Enterprise Edition will also include Virtual PC and Volume Encryption.

Last but not least there's an Ultimate Edition, a mix of the Home Premium & Professional Edition, which also includes a 'Game Performance Tweaker' and access to online club services. It's not yet completely clear what Microsoft will "throw in the box" so to say.

All versions (except Starter Edition which will only be available in 32-bit) will be available in both 32 & 64-bit versions.

It looks all a bit complicated to me; I think this diversity is going to create confusion for consumers. Three versions would have been clearer: Home Edition, Home Media Center Edition, and Business Edition.

No information about pricing has been made available yet.

Newsletter Schedule

This weekend I will travel to the USA to attend the 2005 Global MVP Summit, returning home at the end of the 1st week of October. The Newsletter should return to its weekly schedule with the October 15 issue.

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