Updated: Windows 7 final editions announced

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by RACERPRO, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. RACERPRO

    RACERPRO MDL Senior Member

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    We recently revealed that Microsoft still hadn't announced how many flavors Windows 7 would ship in. In a recent briefing with Paul Thurrott, Microsoft Senior Vice President Bill Veghte revealed the SKUs that Windows 7 will ship in.

    "We feel that this lineup offers a clear onramp for Windows 7, making it easier than ever to find the right version for your needs", Veghte added. So without further ado, here is the official lineup of Windows 7 versions with an outlined overview:


    Windows 7 Starter
    Market: Emerging markets, with new PCs only
    Key features: Enhanced taskbar, Jump Lists, Windows Media Player, Backup and Restore, Action Center, Device Stage, Play To, Fax and Scan, basic games
    What's missing: Aero Glass, many Aero desktop enhancements, Windows Touch, Media Center, Live thumbnail previews, Home Group creation


    Windows 7 Home Premium
    Market: Mainstream retail market
    Key features: Aero Glass, Aero Background, Windows Touch, Home Group creation, Media Center, DVD playback and authoring, premium games
    What's missing: Domain join, Remote Desktop host, advanced backup, EFS, Mobility Center, Offline Folders


    Windows 7 Professional (superset of Home)
    Market: Mainstream retail market
    Key features: Domain join, Remote Desktop host, location aware printing, EFS, Mobility Center, Presentation Mode, Offline Folders, Media Center
    What's missing: BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche Cache, MUI language packs, boot from VHD


    Windows 7 Enterprise
    Market: Volume-license business customers only
    Key features: BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche Cache, MUI language packs, boot from VHD
    What's missing: Retail licensing


    Windows 7 Ultimate
    Market: Retail market, limited availability
    Key features: BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, Direct Access, Branche Cache, MUI language packs, boot from VHD
    What's missing: Volume licensing

    source: neowin.net
     
  2. win7

    win7 MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info :)
     
  3. vistadude

    vistadude MDL Member

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    Why do they have so many editions? The professional edition looks sorta pointless when ultimate is there too. I hope there isn't RAM limitiations in home premium like vista 64 had.
     
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    juzz MDL Member

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    Professional is for small/middle size business that don't need all extra stuff in ultimate and can't get enterpise because it is for Volume-license business customers only.

    So basicly:
    -it's cheaper than ultimate
    -No unneeded stuff that comes with ultimate
    -cheaper and easier to get than enterprise
    -Still has enough features for business use
     
  5. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    basically business is for people that do not want Bitlocker, or any of the enterprise features. Plus you need a VLK to get enterprise.

    Now I actually have a reason to want Ultimate. BitLocker WDE, BitLocker RDE (Bitlocker to-go), boot from VHD, domain join to name a few.
     
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    Mtthwpez MDL Junior Member

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    So I take it that the volume licence keys will be the same as the XP Pro versions or do they have to still call home every 6 months like vista business does?
     
  8. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    Vista business doesn't need to call home every 6 months if you enter a key. The only time it will ever need to call home is if it is activated against a KMS server. If you use a KMS or a MAK key or use OEM activation it will never need reactivation.

    To answer your question though, no it will not be using the same system XP does it will use the KMS/MAK system like Vista/Server 2008 do.