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Confused by the Windows 7 versions?

Well there's no need to worry - we've done the detective work for you and there will only be two versions on sale through retail channels - one for home users, one for businesses.

Here's the scoop over at our IT Pro blog:
There are going to be six -well, really five, actually three, but you'll only see two - editions of Windows 7 (not counting any special bits-left-out-please-the-lawyers N or K versions for the EU and Korea). While there’d been something of a campaign for just one SKU, like OS X, Microsoft’s multi-version release isn’t going to make much of a difference to you.
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Feb. 4th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Except for the fact it seems only Ultimate and Enterprise have Branchcache and DirectAccess, which sound like they could be quite useful for some people. No one ever wants to securely encrypt their hard drives, either.. So, yet again, the consumer is getting nicely screwed over as the lower versions contain almost, but not quite, everything required to work effectively.

They should junk Ultimate/Enterprise and just ship Home Premium and Professional.
Feb. 4th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Actually there are four SKUs for OS X -- it's just that ordinary consumers don't see OS X Server Edition, and the two variants for everyone else are a single desktop or a family pack (which, with no license manager, seems more than slightly spurious).
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