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Microsoft to offer 6 versions of Windows Vista

Posted February 27, 2006 by admin in News

Microsoft plans to launch six versions of its upcoming Windows Vista operating system, three at consumers, two at business users and a stripped-down edition for emerging markets.

Vista Home Premium will be the middle option for consumers, sandwiched between the high-end Windows Vista Ultimate, which also includes business-oriented features, and a bare-bones Windows Vista Home Basic without the multimedia capabilities.

For business users, Microsoft plans Windows Vista Business for small and medium-sized businesses that may not have a information technology support staff.

Windows Vista Enterprise will be aimed at large, global companies with encryption features to protect information even if a computer is stolen and tools to enable compatibility with applications designed for older operating systems.

Microsoft will also offer a version of Vista Home Basic and Vista Business without a Windows Media Player in Europe to comply with European Union antitrust rulings.


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