6 Versions of Windows 7


On October 22, Windows users will get to upgrade to upgrade to Windows 7!

According to the Windows 7 website the new OS is going to be more Mac-like or simpler and easier to use:

Your PC, simplified. You told us what you want in a PC. We listened. And made hundreds of little improvements and a few big ones that add up to a whole lot less. Less waiting, fewer clicks, and less complexity. With less of what you don’t need, Windows 7 helps you do more. More work, more play, and more of everything in between. Making every task simpler and every day easier.

If you’re a Macintosh user then you’re probably a little skeptical of Microsoft’s claims about Windows 7. Before you get to experience Windows 7 you have to figure out which version you want to install and you have 6 very simple and easy choices:

  • Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
  • Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)

Windows Vista had 4 versions to choose from. Is having 6 versions of Windows 7 supposed to make it easier for the consumer to upgrade?

Apple is also planning to release a major new version of their operating system this year. It’s called Snow Leopard and it only comes in one version.

I really don’t believe that Microsoft understands the concept of simplified. I could be wrong but choosing 1 of 6 versions of Windows 7 doesn’t sound like a simple task to me.

Posted in OS X Software at 10:31 PM