The six marches of Vista coming soon

By Justin Mann on February 27, 2006, 2:09 PM
Though we've had "intelligent" speculation up until now, Microsoft has been a bit tight-lipped on the "exact" flavors of Vista that will be in the market. Now, though, we can see the full list, straight from Redmond. What will consumers be getting? A total of five different versions of Vista, more than any other previous version of Windows (though XP comes close if you include 64-bit versions). The five versions are "Vista Business", essentially for workstations, "Vista Enterprise", for those needing various native encryption, data protection and legacy support, "Vista Home Basic", a stripped-down version for the "home" user, "Home Premium", which will include native DVD burner and media center functionality, and finally "Vista Ultimate", a conglomerate Vista that is missing nothing. The Starter Edition is included without saying due to all the hype it has received.

An interesting note is that all versions will be made available for 32bit and 64bit platforms, so older CPUs will still be feasible for running Vista provided you meet the other system requirements. Some versions are OEM or partner only, and pricing has not yet been made available by Microsoft, though with the impending release date of December, that should change soon.




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DragonMaster said:
[quote]so older CPUs will still be feasible for running Vista provided you meet the other system requirements[/quote]But will one be powerful enough to run it? THAT's the question...In fact, by looking at the link to M$'s site, it's going to be different from XP. XP Home had missing features, but with Vista, Home Basic will be the one with less bloat compared to the other Home versions. A normal PC doesn't need Media Canter features or lots of crap to organize your videos and music.
mentaljedi said:
True Dragonmaster. Also, Home didn't have all the 'security features' Vista Basic better have them! Otherwise it'll be a waste of investment!
DragonMaster said:
It seems that Aero interface is not available in Home Basic...They also not state "Games" in Home Basic version.
Eko said:
F*** the games. Problem is that with the Vista Starter Edition, you'll only have three applications running at once. That's crap with a capital C. Another thing: DRM. Why can't I make backups of my own DVD's at home, if I paid for them good money? It's illegal to have even copies! I pray to God that Linux community develops a Gaming Linux, then I'll quit Windows once and for all.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]I pray to God that Linux community develops a Gaming Linux, then I'll quit Windows once and for all. [/quote]There are lots of free games for Linux.Maybe it will be more interesting once the X improvements accounced by Novell are applied. A lot of Windows games can run on Linux, but you need Crossover (Wine isn't the best for that...)
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