Microsoft Windows Vista – Seven Flavors to Choose From!

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Microsoft Windows Vista – Seven Flavors to Choose From!

As if there aren’t enough confusing choices we must make in computing products, now it appears that our next Windows operating system will come in seven flavors. That’s right, the days of “Hmm, XP Home or Pro?” are soon to come to an end. Since Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Media Center Edition are currently bundled with hardware, these versions are a no brainer. It looks as though the next time around, users will have some thinking to do.

Luckily the seven editions will fall under two categories similar to the current “Home” and “Pro” versions. Oh yeah, we are a Tablet PC site, so we added a handy asterisk next to the three editions that include Tablet PC functionality. Here is the breakdown: 

The “Home” category

-Windows Vista Starter Edition

A 32-bit version aimed for “beginner” computer users.

-Windows Vista Home Basic Edition

A simple version for “single PC homes”.

-*Windows Vista Home Premium Edition

Includes support for DVD ripping, PC to PC sync, file sharing functionality, etc.

-*Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

All the bells and whistles for the mega-advanced super computer user at home.

In the “Pro/Business category”

-Windows Vista Small Business Edition

For the small business owner who lacks an IT department.

-*Windows Vista Professional Edition

A 32-bit version aimed for “beginner” computer users.

-Windows Vista Enterprise Edition

Virtual PC built-in. Nice. This one is for the IT department staff and corporate power players.

After some deep thinking, we here at TabletPCReviewSpot feel that Microsoft has covered all the necessary bases with this versitile set of Windows versions for consumers to choose from. However, perhaps just to make it an even 8 editions rather than the odd seven, we propose this:

Windows Vista Special Village People Edition

Perfect for any misfits who can’t find the edition that’s the right fit. Of course our hope for this version would be built-in Tablet PC support (and a full 24-bit remastered collection of the most requested Village People tunes preloaded in the My Music folder).

For all of the specifics on the “real” seven Windows Vista editions, check out this great exclusive story from WindowsITPro:




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