Microsoft Plans Six Core Windows Vista VersionsBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
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Microsoft has finalized the members of its next-generation desktop lineup. As expected, stand-alone Tablet and Media Center Editions are no more. (Microsoft Watch)
After months of maintaining that it had not yet finalized its Windows Vista lineup, Microsoft seems finally to have decided upon a half dozen core Vista versions.
According to a posting on its Web site, Microsoft is readying six core Vista packages, or SKUs, plus two additional releases customized for the European Union that won't bundle in Windows Media Player, as ordered by European antitrust regulators.
On the line up are Windows Starter 2007; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista ultimate, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Home Basic N and Windows Vista Business N. The "N" releases are
It's not clear whether the Starter release mentioned on Microsoft's site is the same as
The new SKU list contains relatively few surprises, as Microsoft had been widely expected to fold features from its current Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition into other SKUs, rather than continue to sell them as distinct editions.
Company officials also previously discussed plans to offer a Windows Vista Enterprise Editiona variant of Vista that Microsoft is using as an incentive to attract more users to sign up for its Software Assurance licensing plan by making it available to Software Assurance customers only.
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