Windows 7 Product Lines Announced

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Microsoft today announced the new product line for Windows 7. In some ways the new Windows 7 product line follows the same ideas of Windows Vista, but the big differences are that each Windows 7 edition is a superset of the previous edition (which means that each higher edition will have every feature of all lower editions) and they will be focusing primarily on two editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional.

The breakdown on the different editions is:

Windows 7 Starter

This is for price-sensitive customers with small notebooks PCs.

Key Feature list:

Windows 7 Home Basic

This is for customers in emerging markets only.

Key Feature list:

Windows 7 Home Premium

This is recommended for most customers (home consumers).

Key Feature list:

Windows 7 Professional

This is recommended for small businesses and those customers (home consumers) who want additional features and functionality useful for small business activities.

Key Feature list:

Windows 7 Enterprise

This is recommended for medium-to-large business and enterprise customers that choose to license Windows through Software Assurance and is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing.

Key Feature list:

Windows 7 Ultimate

Key Feature list:

I know that looks like there are still a lot of different editions, but the key points are: