Vista to hit the streets with eight versions

By Justin Mann on February 20, 2006, 12:00 PM
Up until the release of XP Home and XP Pro, Windows users were faced with a pretty monolithic system of choosing the OS. There was the “newest” version, and that's all there was to it. Things started to change with Windows 2000, when a desktop version was released along with several server versions. Some debated the usefulness of crippling one version of an OS in order to reduce the price, but the fact is that many people do not want or need all the features of an OS and may want a much lower price tag instead. Vista is going to offer just that. Vista will be potentially released with a whopping total of 8 versions, making it the Windows OS with the largest footprint to date.

We already know Vista will be offered as a “Starter” kit, along with a “Home” version and a “Business” version. We might also see an “Enterprise”, “Business N”, “Home Premium”, “Ultimate” and perhaps even more. Is separating things in this fashion really a good idea, or will it leave most people even more confused about purchasing a computer? Four different versions of one build of Windows specifically for a home desktop. Will all four fall under different price categories? The launch of Vista is going to prove interesting, if anything, but also potentially confusing.

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mentaljedi said:
Confusing? I agree. This is just silly! I mean, i can understand how XP was split into 4 (if you include 64 bit). But 8? ARe they going to makew a secret government organisation version too?
DragonMaster said:
Some software isn't even compatible with XP Home because they pulled off too much things...What about Vista? Only the full version will work after a couple of years?
mkatz2m said:
If they go through this, I definitely will not buy Vista. With 8 versions, they will make something like Windows XP Professional very expensive. Also, I bet they will remove needed software on any non-server version, exactly like they did with fax capability that used to be on Windows 2000 Workstation. I plan to jump to probably Open Suse and pay nothing. I loaded that on my old computer and it works very well.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]I plan to jump to probably Open Suse and pay nothing. I loaded that on my old computer and it works very well. [/quote]That's what I installed to someone who never touched a computer before. I hope it will be easy to use for her! (Have to get the ADSL modem first. The lessons will start after...)
lordbf1 said:
more of microsucks good thinking, just plain STUPID!!!!!another great version if linux is ubuntu. very easy to install and run.\lordbf1
crossfire851 said:
This is imesly confusing. Good job M$....
Nic said:
Two versions, one for home users, and one for business users is more than enough...
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