Microsoft Announces 6 Versions of Windows 7 with 2 Clear Choices (Huh?)

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will be available in six (6) different versions (one not available in the US) — however, Microsoft is hoping that only two versions will be popular
Microsoft’s Windows 7 Recommendations:
For Consumers:
 
    • Windows 7 Home Premium for most customers
    • Windows 7 Professional for customers who want additional features and functionality useful for small business activities.
For Businesses:
 
    • Windows 7 Professional for most customers
    • Windows 7 Enterprise for medium-to-large business and enterprise customers that choose to license Windows through Software Assurance.
 
Windows 7 Versions:
Windows 7 Starter
 
    • 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
 
Windows 7 Home Basic (in Emerging Markets only)
 
    • Starter features
    • Unlimited applications
    • Live Thumbnail Previews & enhanced visual experience
    • Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing)
    • Mobility Center
 
Windows 7 Home Premium
 
    • 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
 
Windows 7 Professional
 
    • 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
 
Windows 7 Enterprise & Ultimate 
 
    • Professional & 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 1:  Ultimate includes all Enterprise and all Home Premium features, including multi-language packs.
 
NOTE 2:  Windows 7 Enterprise is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing
 
NOTE 3:  While there will be an "upgrade path" for Windows XP users; there will not be an upgrade proceedure. A clean-install will need to be run.
 
NOTE 4:  There will not be a special version for Netbooks. (None was needed)
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About blakehandler

BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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