Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Microsoft Confirms Six Windows Vista Versions Planned

Microsoft confirmed Monday that it plans to ship six versions of Windows Vista later this year, including two editions targeted at businesses, two at consumers and one combining all available features.

As reported by CRN in mid-January, Microsoft is slated to ship six editions of the Windows client upgrade: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter.

Windows Vista Business will feature a redesigned user interface, formerly code-named Aero, as well as new search and organization capabilities and support for the Windows Table PC technology built in. Windows Enterprise, the second business edition, includes all of those features plus new functionality, such as Windows BitLocker Drive encryption, Virtual PC Express virtualization and a Unix subsystem for running legacy applications.

On the consumer side, Microsoft plans an entry-level Windows Home Basic version with a new Search Explorer, a Sidebar feature and parental control capabilities. A higher-end premium home edition will feature the Aero interface along with Windows Media Center capabilities, Windows Tablet PC functionallity, and integrated DVD burning and authoring .

Windows Vista Ultimate, the full-featured version, melds all business and consumer features in a single stock-keeping unit.

  • 1