XP Home vs Professional? Windows Vista will have 6 flavours

Microsoft have been putting together feature lists of what will go into the box when Windows Vista ships, and have decided on 6 different versions. Wow, yes, 6.

  • Vista Starter Edition – for low end PCs in emerging markets
  • Vista Home Basic – aimed at lower spec PCs
  • Vista Home Premium – includes music and media center capability, plus ‘Glass’ graphics effects for UI
  • Vista Ultimate Edition
  • Vista Business
  • Vista Enterprise

All except the starter edition will run in either 32 or 64 bit modes.

Wow, just how much market confusion is that likely to create. Depending on what you have to spend, I am sure Microsoft will have a package just for you…

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