Microsoft Unveils all Windows Vista Versions
Despite the expected 8 versions, the Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets
Microsoft announced the product lineup of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system. Despite the expected 8 versions, the Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets. Few versions are expected to be published just for European market without Windows Media Player.
These are the announced Windows Vista versions:
Windows Vista Starter – lite version for lower-costs PCs in developing countries.
Windows Vista Home Basic – for people who want to simply use the PC to browse the internet, correspond with friends and family through e-mail or perform basic document creation and editing tasks. Includes security and search tools.
Windows Vista Home Premium – includes everything in Windows Vista Home Basic, along with additional features and enhancements such as the Aero user interface, Media Centre capabilities, and connection to Xbox 360. This version is expected to be most used by the home users.
Windows Vista Business – basic version for companies which includes tools that will enhance administration of greater number of PCs.
Windows Vista Enterprise – includes everything in Windows Vista Business, with enhanced data encryption and BitLocker Encryption that helps prevent sensitive data and intellectual property from being stolen.
Windows Vista Ultimate – is the edition of Windows Vista that brings together all Home and Business versions features.
All versions of Windows Vista are scheduled to be broadly available in the second half of 2006.