Windows 7 to come in six different versions

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Microsoft has confirmed that there will be six SKUs for the Windows 7 OS. This follows long standing Microsoft tradition of having multiple version of its Windows OS, a practice widely-criticized and mocked for bringing confusion to the marketplace.

  • Starter: Available to OEMs on new PCs. Missing Aero UI. Can run 3 applications concurrently.
  • Home Basic: For ’emerging markets’. Missing Aero UI.
  • Home Premium: Available to OEMs and retail. Includes Aero UI, multi-touch capabilities, media features. Can create home network groups.
  • Professional: Includes all of Home Premium features. Adds enhanced networking, Mobility Center and Presentation Mode.
  • Enterprise: Available only in volume licenses. Includes all of Professional features. Adds Branch Cache, Direct Access and BitLocker.
  • Ultimate: The same features as Enterprise, with limited availability to OEMs and retail.

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