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.