Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Microsoft Confirms 6 Version Of Windows 7 As Well As XP Upgrades

Windows 7 has been moving at a hurried pace with Microsoft stating earlier this month they will not be issuing any further beta testing. The company expects the operating system to head directly to a release candidate sometime over the next several months, with a release to manufacture following later this year.

While no official release date has been set today Microsoft has confirmed they will be following Vista product lines and offering a total of six different version of Windows 7. The company says even though they are releasing 6 editions they will mainly be marketing two primary editions: Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Professional. From the looks of it they apparently didn't learn anything from the Vista fiasco and related lawsuits. Here is the full Windows 7 SKU line-up:
  • Windows 7 Starter Edition (for emerging market and netbook users)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging market customers only)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (the main “Media Center” equivalent)
  • Windows 7 Professional (the business SKU for home users and non-enterprise licensees)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (for volume licensees)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (for consumers who want/need business features)

Microsoft has also confirmed that it will sell what they are calling "upgrades" for Windows 7 to users running Windows XP. Since there is no direct upgrade path users will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7.

The company has not included details on pricing or speculation on a release date yet. For more details checkout the Q&A session with Windows General Manager Mike Ybarra.

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