Windows 7 SKUs confirmed – no special netbook edition

win7-logoThe word on the street today said that Microsoft was going to confirm the SKUs today for the different versions of the upcoming Windows 7.  Speculation has been bouncing around that we’d see a special “Netbook” edition of Windows 7 due to licensing cost issues, but the list that has apparently been confirmed by Microsoft is missing that one.  Here’s what is being reported:

  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

If this list holds up we’re looking at another confusing assortment of Windows versions to keep consumers on their toes.  What do these different versions offer?  Here’s the scoop from Geekzone:

Windows 7 Starter: up to 3 concurrent applications, ability to join a Home Group, improved taskbar and JumpLists;

Windows 7 Home Basic: unlimited applications, live thumbnail previews & enhanced visual experience, advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and Internet connection sharing), and Mobility Center;

Windows 7 Home Premium: Aero Glass & advanced windows navigation, improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To, and multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition;

Windows 7 Professional: ability to join a managed network with Domain Join, data protection with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System, and print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing;

Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate: bitLocker data protection on internal and external drives, DirectAccess for seamless connectivity to corporate networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2, BranchCache support when on networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2, and lock unauthorized software from running with AppLocker.

(via engadget)

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