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September 10, 2005

Paul Thurrott Exclusive: Windows Vista Product Editions Revealed

Posted by David Hunter at 8:12 PM ET.

From Thurrott’s WinInfo:

Two days before the start of Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2005, I’ve received exclusive insider information about the product editions, or SKUs, which Microsoft intends to create for Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn). While the exact breakdown of the Windows Vista editions has been the subject of much speculation, this list closely matches the editions list I first published on the SuperSite for Windows last year.

There will be two general categories of Windows Vista editions, which map closely to the two that exist today for XP (“Home,” which comprises Starter, Home, and Media Center Editions, Pro, which includes Professional, Professional x64, and Tablet PC Editions). In Windows Vista, the two categories are Home and Business. In the Home category, Microsoft will create four product editions: Windows Vista Starter Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (previously known as “Uber” Edition). In the Business category, there will are three editions: Windows Vista Small Business Edition, Windows Vista Professional Edition, and Windows Vista Enterprise Edition. In all, there are 7 product editions planned for Windows Vista.

Hit the link for all the details.

Update: Robert McLaws disagrees.

Filed under OS - Client, Windows Vista

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3 Responses to “Paul Thurrott Exclusive: Windows Vista Product Editions Revealed”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Blog Archive » Microsoft Spiffs Up Software Assurance Says:

    [...] There are a variety of new features, but one which caught my eye was: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Enterprise is available exclusively as a benefit of Software Assurance and is designed to help midsize and larger organizations significantly lower IT costs and improve IT efficiency. So one of the Vista versions described by Paul Thurrott is an exclusive for Software Assurance customers.   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft News Tracker » “Microsoft To Ship All OS Bits With Every Version Of Vista” Says:

    [...] This seems fraught with undesireable consequences for both Microsoft and the partners, but the real question is whether it is worthwhile to have all the rumored versions in the first place. Posted @ 1:56 pm. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, General Business, Licensing, Marketing   [Permalink] [...]

  3. Microsoft News Tracker » Windows Vista Versions Finalized? Says:

    [...] Neowin has the buzz from “sources close to Microsoft” who say they will be released in late October. Hit the link for the details, but there are 6 versions (8 if you count the “N” versions for the EU) and they are essentially the same as the line up that was rumored last year except that the Windows Vista Enterprise version promised exclusively to Microsoft Software Assurance subscribers is missing. Since that one has effectively been announced already, I suspect its absence is merely an oversight. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

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