Geekzone is reporting, and Engadget has confirmed through Microsoft, that Microsoft is set to unveil their SKU line up for Windows 7: 6 total SKUs with the 2 main ones being Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Home Premium. Windows 7 Enterprise will be targeted for those businesses buying licenses through the Software Assurance Program. Windows 7 Starter Edition is for price sensitive customers with small notebook pcs ( whatever that is??), and Home Basic for emerging markets. Starter and Basic are only available through OEMs. Windows 7 Ultimate is still the top dog with every feature imaginable. Each higher end SKU will contain all the features of their lower-end siblings. So, I’m hoping that means we’ll get MovieMaker HD encoding and Media Center in Windows 7 Professional? Let’s hope so. Update: Looks like we’re in luck – much of the reason to upgrade to Windows Vista is now included in Windows 7 Pro – that’ll save folks a lot of money and headache.
Update: Here’s the official press release.
More after the break.
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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