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Old February 3, 2009, 05:19 PM
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And .. they fail again!

Microsoft unveils Windows 7 SKU lineup


Windows 7 Starter: up to 3 concurrent applications, ability to join a Home Group, improved taskbar and JumpLists;

Windows 7 Home Basic: unlimited applications, live thumbnail previews & enhanced visual experience, advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing), and Mobility Center;

Windows 7 Home Premium: Aero Glass & advanced windows navigation, improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To, and multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition;

Windows 7 Professional: ability to join a managed network with Domain Join, data protection with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System, and print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing;

Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate: bitLocker data protection on internal and external drives, DirectAccess for seamless connectivity to corporate networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2, BranchCache support when on networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2, and lock unauthorized software from running with AppLocker.
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Old February 3, 2009, 05:23 PM
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hahha home basic: unlimited applications! yes! that is such a good option..... jeez
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Old February 3, 2009, 05:30 PM
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This may sound counter intuitive BUT if you look at the details on them its basically 2 SKUs for the pirates / 3rd world countries (basic and crap edition), two for most people (PRO and Premium) and two for Enterprise....w/ ultimate doing double duty as enthusiast version as its basically Enterprise w/ single license scheme. When you look at it that way it actually makes sense....sort of ;)
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Old February 3, 2009, 05:52 PM
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This may sound counter intuitive BUT if you look at the details on them its basically 2 SKUs for the pirates / 3rd world countries (basic and crap edition), two for most people (PRO and Premium) and two for Enterprise....w/ ultimate doing double duty as enthusiast version as its basically Enterprise w/ single license scheme. When you look at it that way it actually makes sense....sort of ;)
Why won't the pirates just get Ultimate?
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I guess Microsoft didn't learn anything from Vista.
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Old February 3, 2009, 08:54 PM
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Not really, only 2 choices for every group.

Home Users:
Windows Basic
Windows Premium

Business Users:
Windows Professional
Windows Enterprise

Enthusiasts:
Windows Premium
Windows Ultimate

And if you want to be realistic, well then its more like this:

Home Users:
Windows Premium

Small/Medium Business Users:
Windows Professional

Corporate/Big Business Users:
Windows Enterprise

Enthusiasts:
Windows Premium or Windows Professional(depending on network/media requirements)
Windows Ultimate(for those that need both domain networking AND full media centre support)

I admit that Windows Basic should NEVER been conceived, but all the other Editions seem well placed as they did with Vista.
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Old February 4, 2009, 03:59 AM
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Oh the pirates WILL get ultimate BUT this way MS can claim they at least TRIED to help off set piracy in third world countries, china, etc where "piracy is rampant" . This way when it fails to work AGAIN they can go hat in hand to the EU (for example) and say "we need tougher IP laws which are inforced!" BS. Thats why the broken edition is "for pirates" ;)
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Seriously though, when you break it down, the everyday person, all they will see on the shelf is these 3;

Windows 7 Premium
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Ultimate
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****Sigh****

How can a big corp like M$ be so blind as to what did and didn't work with the Vista launch........

Hands up folks who bought the Ultimate version of Vista...... Ok, those with your hands up, how many figure they got any real added value for the premium you paid?????

The only bright side to this is that maybe with Windows 7 being seen as an OS that's going to stay around for a few years, folks in the open source community will write packaged apps for the basic version that will do everything the premium version will do only better........

Isn't that what you'd prefer anywise ebanerif? :)
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****Sigh****

How can a big corp like M$ be so blind as to what did and didn't work with the Vista launch........

Hands up folks who bought the Ultimate version of Vista...... Ok, those with your hands up, how many figure they got any real added value for the premium you paid?????

The only bright side to this is that maybe with Windows 7 being seen as an OS that's going to stay around for a few years, folks in the open source community will write packaged apps for the basic version that will do everything the premium version will do only better........

Isn't that what you'd prefer anywise ebanerif? :)
Meh, I'll just use whatever edition I get for free, just like with Vista.

Frankly, its not terribly hard to get free legit copies of Windows, I currently have 1 Server 2008, 2 Server 2003, 2 Vista Ultimate, 3 Vista Business, and 1 Vista Home Premium, all legit, and all free(well except for Home Premium, that came with the laptop ).

All you gotta do is watch out of those random product launch/tour developer mini-conferences MS holds all the time, and go. They are usually free of charge, and theres always free food and free software.
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