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Microsoft Announces the Official Windows Vista Versions

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by clau, Feb 28, 2006.

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    Almost a week after Microsoft had some unwanted information about the Vista versions leaking on the Internet, the Redmond giant announced yesterday in an official press release the complete lineup for the next operating system.

    So, Microsoft has decided to hit the users with six versions: two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets.

    Here’s the list: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter.

    As one can notice, the number of Windows Vista versions is equal to that for Windows XP, the system to be replaced.

    Microsoft says in the press release that each product is tailored to meet specific needs of various segments of customers and is aimed at bringing 64-bit, Media Center and Tablet PC functionality into the mainstream.

    live in a digital world that is filled with more information, more things to do and more ways to communicate with others than ever. The PC needs to give people the clarity and confidence to handle this ‘world of more’ so they can focus on what’s most important to them,†said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management and Marketing at Microsoft.

    In the Bussiness field, the Enterprise version has some components that are worth discussing:

    - Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption helps prevent sensitive data and intellectual property from falling into the wrong hands if a computer is lost or stolen.

    - Virtual PC Express is one of several built-in tools that improve application compatibility with previous versions of Microsoft operating systems. Virtual PC Express enables a legacy application to run unchanged on a legacy Windows operating system in a virtual environment on top of Windows Vista Enterprise.

    - Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications enables users to run UNIX applications unchanged on a Windows Vista Enterprise-based PC.

    For entertainment, Windows Vista Home Premium also comes with a few tempting offers:

    - Windows Media Center capabilities turn the PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center. Consumers can use Media Center to record and watch TV shows (even high-definition TV) and access new kinds of online entertainment content. It also provides the ability to connect Windows Vista Home Premium to Xbox 360.

    - Windows Tablet PC technology, which enables interaction with the PC with a digital pen or fingertip instead of a keyboard, is also available in this edition of Windows Vista.

    - Integrated DVD burning and authoring allows users to seamlessly burn personal videos photos and files to video or data DVDs.

    If you want to have all the power of Windows vista, then the Ultimate version will be the best suited for you, this one integrating all the entertainment, mobility and business features of the others.

    Microsoft mentions that all of them will be available toward the end of the year.

    Source: news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Announces-the-Official-Windows-Vista-Versions-18783.shtml

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