It took long time until Windows Vista showed up, and that’s because you’re going to get Windows Vista in seven flavors!
- Starter Edition:
Which is like the old XP Starter Edition. It comes with the very basics like basic TCP/IP networking and won’t be suitable for most of games. This Edition is aimed at the Thirds World!
- Home Basic Edition:
This Edition is very much like the current Windows XP Home. So if there is a Basic Edition there will be probably Home Premium Edition.
- Home Premium Edition:
This is where the Basic and Premium Edition starts to split features. Home Premium Edition will build on the Basic Edition by adding, most notably, the next-generation of Media Center capabilities, including support for HDTV, DVD authoring, and even DVD ripping backed up (of course) by Windows DRM. For non-corporate types, this is probably going to be the OS that most people use. It’s similar to XP Pro in power, but with all of the added bells and whistles for entertainment. Well, most of them.
- Professional Edition:
It won’t be like the current XP Pro, because this time it is truly aimed at businesses. Provide the kind of functionality you’d expect in a business environment, such as support for non-Microsoft networking protocols and Domain support.
- Small Business Edition and an Enterprise Edition:
Which build upon Pro Edition by adding (seemingly minor) features aimed at appealing to each market. Small Business Edition, for instance, includes a networked backup solution, while Enterprise Edition will include things like Virtual PC integration, and the ability to encrypt an entire volume of information.
- Ultimate Edition:
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is a superset of both Vista Home Premium and Vista Pro Edition, so it includes all of the features of both of those product versions, plus adds Game Performance Tweaker with integrated gaming experiences, a Podcast creation utility (under consideration, may be cut from product), and online “Club” services (exclusive access to music, movies, services and preferred customer care) and other offerings (also under consideration, may be cut from product). Microsoft is still investigating how to position its most impressive Windows release yet, and is looking into offering Ultimate Edition owners such services as extended A1 subscriptions, free music downloads, free movie downloads, Online Spotlight and entertainment software, preferred product support, and custom themes. There is nothing like Vista Ultimate Edition today. This version is aimed at high-end PC users and technology influencer, gamers, digital media enthusiasts, and students.
What’s still not known is the price list, so let’s wait and see.