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Windows 7 SKUs announced: your worst nightmare has come to pass

The following will be the actual new SKUs for the OS:

* Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
* Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
* Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
* Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
* Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
* Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)

At least most consumers will only see Home Premium and Professional options at retail, which is more akin to the XP options of yore, and means Windows Media Center will be "baseline" for most PCs.

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killzone2flop3306d ago

I like that idea gives consumers a CHOICE.

Beg For Mercy3306d ago

pp my son this is terrible, this is called nickel and diming

meatnormous3306d ago

Most people shouldn't buy a OS without consulting someone that knows whats going on. But people still do buy products they have no idea what they do.

meatnormous3306d ago (Edited 3306d ago )

My xbox controller, I can buy alot of AA batteries or get the play and charge kit. (should have been included)

Choice of Xbox console with or without a hard drive (better get the pro at least cause it will cost alot more if you want a HDD later on)

Gears of War on PC It chooses that its time to quit playing it and doesn't work at the moment( I have this game, check my gammertag. I guess I have a choice to make, turn back my clock or wait for a patch)

vmanj3306d ago

and wut does SKU mean???

Panthers3306d ago

Each SKU is a separate version for release.

Like 360 arcade, 360 Elite, ect are all separate SKUs.

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TheSadTruth3306d ago

Cool, lots of versions, I think I'll be downloading the Ultimate package.

callahan093306d ago

"Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently) "

Didn't read the article (can't be bothered, but at least I admit it!), but if that isn't free, they've got another thing coming!

Anybody else get the impression that Microsoft is really verging on jumping the shark with their OS's? I mean, I'll always love them for Visual Studio and the fact that I can do most of what I want/need to do with Express edition, completely for free, and I own the license to anything that I create with Visual Studio, never owing Microsoft a penny in royalties... that's great! But their OS's are just really not living up to my expectations (well, I guess I just mean Vista), and the way they're marketing W7 with all these SKU's is a bit outrageous in my opinion. Oh, and how they went from IE being the best browser on the market to essentially the worst I'll never understand.

Tempist3306d ago

am going to Unbuntu. No more of this different OS does something completely different. This is petty of them and I'd rather go free than stupid. Have they learned nothing from Apple? (the single OS update / version is way simple and effective on getting the OS to everyone, however I still hate OS X.)

Multi-sku is why piracy of Windows happens, if they had a unified version, less problems would happen. Way less.

HolyOrangeCows3306d ago

I'm sticking to Vista, I just switched to it a few years ago!

Kushan3306d ago

@callahan09

It's designed for extremely poor markets that couldn't even afford the £50 or whatever the "basic" version costs.

Sarick3306d ago

"Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently) "

"Didn't read the article (can't be bothered, but at least I admit it!), but if that isn't free, they've got another thing coming!"

It's probably so PC makers can pre-install windows 7 on PC's to save big money for licensing. This way when the user loads up the PC and finds this limitation the user has two options.

1. UPGRADE for $$$
2. Get a new FREE open source OS.
3. Suffer with starters limitations.

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Sarick3306d ago (Edited 3306d ago )

It seems silly that your forced to install packages. Didn't they ever see Al la cart packages.

There should be a max of 3 versions.

Windows Starter <-- FREE OS with ability to upgrade.
Windows Custom <-- Only install the features you want!
Windows Ultimate <-- Everything.

The only thing they're doing with packages is like a PC maker installing 3rd party programs on the system. These SKU's are just another way to exploit the OS monopoly.

They wouldn't make windows custom for one reason.

#1. It'd hurt windows ultimate sales. why buy everything when you know you can pay only for the features you want.

Says you3306d ago

When it comes to Microsoft why is that??.

Skynetone3306d ago

what a load of b++++x that is

if you like long boot times go for the ultimate version, ill stick with the basic version from know on

Marcan213306d ago

I'm in the Beta and I REALLY think 7 should be offered free for everyone who got Vista. It is what Vista should have been. It never stopped working or crash once.

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