Things don’t get easier, do they? Windows ‘prophet’ Paul Thurrot suggests that there are going to be no less than seven different versions of Windows Vista! Vista will be offered in ‘Home’ and ‘Business’ varieties, with three ‘Home’ versions and four ‘Business’ versions:
Windows Vista Home
This will be a cut down version, 32-bit only, and will be made abailable to emerging markets only.
Home Basic Edition
Roughly equivalent to Windows XP Home, this version will be aimed at single PC households.
Home Premium Edition
Adds Media Centre features to the basic Home version, as well as numerous other features. This version could well be the one to be promoted as the ‘Advanced’ version for people to buy, and fulfill the role Windows XP Professional formerly took.
Windows Vista Business
Domain features, remote desktop, IIS web server, encrypted file system etc. This version is the basic set of features offered for business use.
Small Business Edition
Adds numerous features specifically tailored toward business use. The feature set is targeted toward small business owners and managers.
Another new version with added features targeted towards corporate use.
All the features of Home Premium and Professional Editions plus more. Aimed at gamers, power users, digital media enthusiasts and other ‘niche’ users.