I received a new TechRepublic article today I thought may be of interest:
Windows Vista will have 8 flavors, but no Media Center or Tablet versions
Microsoft Watch is reporting that the Redmond software giant is close to finalizing its versions of Windows Vista. As previously reported, there will no longer be separate versions for Media Center or Tablet PC, instead that functionality will be built into several versions of Vista. Here's the latest on what the Vista lineup will look like:
• Windows Starter 2007 -- limited version for emerging markets
• Windows Vista Home Basic -- for a single PC home
• Windows Vista Home Premium -- multiple PC homes and personal laptops, will include Media Center
• Windows Vista Ultimate -- uber-Windows for home users, aimed at gamers and multimedia technophiles; combines Home Premium and Business
• Windows Vista Business -- the successor to Win2K Pro and XP Pro; will include TabletPC software
• Windows Vista Enterprise -- a superset of Vista Business, but only available to Software Assurance subscribers
• Windows Vista Home Basic N -- Home Premium with no Media Player (to meet European regulations)
• Windows Vista Business N -- Business with no Media Player (to meet European regulations)
There were earlier rumors of a "Windows Vista Small Business" edition, but that one doesn't seem to have made the cut.
<- is a linux user. The only reason I'm running Windows on my laptop is because my printer has problems in Linux. (the hp1020 driver only supports A4 format). It's actually pretty funny that the only reason I have ANY flavor of Windows is for a printer, NOT games (thanks to Wine / Cedega).
Of the flavors of Vista listed above, I will be running -none- of them unless I buy a new PC with it... and even then, only as a secondary OS for specific things.
Gee, wonder how many different versions of Windows Update they'll need to patch all of those different versions.
Personally if I have to run Windows I'm just fine with XP. Considering I got a private copy of Office 2007 and it's nothing more than more bloatware I have a suspicion that outside of a few new bells and whistles it will be the same old Windows we've had for years. I'l wait till the hackers have their way with it for awhle before I use it.
Poor microsoft. I mean, why are we hating so much the guy that we know that he is smart enough to build something from nothing? He owns the market, he is smart, why make him have a dman hard life? I actually like MS, and I really don't understnad those people that uses MS and keeps saying MS sux.