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February 18, 2006

More Vista version buzz

Posted by David Hunter at 10:14 PM ET.

Last Monday, Neowin published a rumored list of the final versions of Windows Vista that stirred up a bit of controversy and Microsoft asked them to take the post down. Now they and a number of other sites are reporting a new list of final versions based on the contents of an apparently under construction Microsoft Windows Vista Help and Support page that lists the versions and indirectly, their features. Todd Bishop at the Seattle PI has some commentary plus a list of sites carrying the story. It’s not over until the press release is published, but here’s the tentative list:

Windows Starter 2007

Windows Vista Home Basic (and Windows Vista Home Basic N for the European Union)

Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Business (and Windows Vista Business N for the EU)

Windows Vista Enterprise

Windows Vista Ultimate

More by following the links, but this Microsoft site could easily disappear next week.

Update: The Microsoft site has disappeared. Paul Thurrott explains:

Just a day after being posted, the page was taken down. And now, Microsoft says that it hasn’t yet finalized Windows Vista branding.

“Microsoft recently posted a web page designed to test the Windows Vista help system that included incomplete information about the Windows Vista product line up,” a Microsoft spokesperson told me Monday morning. “This page has since been removed as it was posted prematurely and was for testing purposes only. We will share more information about the Windows Vista line up in the coming weeks.”

Filed under General Business, Marketing, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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One Response to “More Vista version buzz”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft unveils Vista Lineup Says:

    [...] Microsoft yesterday put an end to all the speculation, by formally releasing the lineup for the versions of Windows Vista that will be available when it ships later this year: The Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter. The number of offerings is the same as the number of offerings currently available for Windows® XP. More important, the lineup is designed to deliver clear value to a broad range of customers, each product tailored to meet specific needs of various segments of customers — home PC users, small and medium-sized businesses and the largest enterprises — and is aimed at bringing 64-bit, Media Center and Tablet PC functionality into the mainstream. [...]

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