The many faces of Windows 7
Here's the rundown:
- Windows 7 Starter Edition - for netbooks and developing markets, only runs 3 apps at a time
- Windows 7 Home Basic - also for emerging markets
- Windows 7 Home Premium - this version gets you Windows Media Center and other home use features
- Windows 7 Professional - the equivalent of Windows Vista Business, with extra security features
- Windows 7 Enterprise - this version will be sold in volume licenses for businesses
- Windows 7 Ultimate - has most of the features of the Enterprise version, but will be sold to end users
Update: As many people have pointed out in the comments, Windows has offered Starter Edition software to customers in developing nations in the past. But Windows 7 Starter Edition is different, in that Microsoft will be offering it in developed nations for the first time, specifically for manufacturers who are looking for a low cost operating system to load on netbooks.
Check out our complete coverage of Windows 7:
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Another Windows 7 secret revealed; desktop to have slideshows
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