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Six Core Windows Vista Versions?

PC Magazine is reporting that Microsoft Windows Vista is planning on six core versions. Could they make it any more confusing?

According to the article, “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 those which do not include Media Player.” I understand their need to offer a regular version and a version without Media Player, it is a legal requirement. But why so many other versions? Wouldn’t you expect any OS to just offer the framework to run whatever the user requires? It looks like they are just looking to offer some reasonably priced versions to make their offering look competitive, but when you actually look at what you need you find you need a higher priced version. In any case, it creates a lot of unnecessary confusion.

I am already tired of the XP Home version that is being sold today. I have no use for a stripped down version of XP Pro. Just make one reasonably priced version that does what it is supposed to. If they made Media Player as just another add on, they could offer one version, and just not load Media Player on the EU versions. But it appears that they want to keep it bundled into the OS so that it can’t really be removed. Somewhat petty on their part, and drives up the cost for everyone, including Microsoft’s development costs. Unnecessary and overpriced.

Posted by Jeff


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