How Many Editions Of Windows 7 Will Microsoft Release?

One of the major problems customers face when upgrading to or purchasing a copy of Windows Vista is the so called “edition chaos”. Windows Vista was released in so many editions that it was complicated to find the most suitable edition for one’s needs. Many users fear that Microsoft will continue the trend of releasing lots of editions. Some would even go so far to estimate that the number of editions for Microsoft’s next operating system will exceed the number of editions of Windows Vista. Boing Boing mocked the edition chaos by announcing that Windows 7 would ship in 20 different editions using elusive names including Windows 7 Home Basic Premium, Windows 7 Big Business and one of our favorites the Windows 7 Penultimate edition.

The most likely scenario is that Microsoft will release about the same editions that shipped at the release of Windows Vista. Screenshots of current Windows 7 builds display the version that Microsoft is shipping to its partners as Windows 7 Ultimate which could be a hint that we will see a Windows 7 Ultimate edition. If Microsoft stays true to that strategy they will most likely release editions like Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Business as well.

The interesting question is if Microsoft will increase or reduce the amount of editions of Windows 7. What is your opinion on the matter? Will it be more or less?

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22 Responses to How Many Editions Of Windows 7 Will Microsoft Release?

  1. water December 24, 2008 at 6:38 am #

    Yes, I agree with Jake and Silentwulf. I think there should be:

    Home Basic (Average home user)

    Business (Business user on the go [more likely using tablet/Micro PC's (lot of touch capabilities)]) + (less programs to save power on those portable devices)

    Ultimate (Includes all functionality and all customization capabilities at the touch of a button to meet anyone’s needs)

  2. res6jya6 January 10, 2009 at 4:42 am #

    They should release ONE version:

    Windows 7 – Ultimate

    They charge the same price as they would for say, Windows Vista Home Premium – I can’t see that causing them to lose any money?!

    I miss the days of one straightforward OS like 98SE and OS 9/X.

    Or they could even take the XP approach:

    Windows 7 Home Edition
    Windows 7 Professional Edition
    Windows 7 Media Center Edition

    But then again, I never had too much trouble understanding the current Vista releases.
    Home Basic – it’s basic.
    Home Premium – it’s like basic, but premium-ised.
    Business – it’s for businesses, duh.
    Ultimate – the ultimate in OS capability.

    Hmm… we shall see!

  3. I.P. Freely January 12, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    There’s also a Windows 7 Secret Edition. It is so secret that no one is supposed to know when it comes out, does, or where to get it. It has capabilities higher than Ultimate for the select corp of professionals only.

  4. Jason January 12, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    Look Microsoft went wrong with XP.
    XP Home
    XP Pro
    XP PRO 64bit
    XP media Center
    What was wrong with 2000.  Nothing!!!!!  If you arent on a domain with 2000 you can just use it as a workgroup computer.  Now dont get me wrong, I love XP and feel its a great OS but that is where they started going wrong.  How many times have you had to set someone on a domain just to find out they decided to try and save money and went out and got a computer on their own, only to find out that they now need to purchase xp pro and spend more money to have you upgrade it for them.  Funny how these people think they are saving money and wind up spending more for support because they dont know the difference between HOME and PRO.  MS should do themselves a favor and make one version, Windows 7 Pro 64bit.  (no need for retarted kindergarden names… Super spectacular Ultimate unbeatable edition)  They need to make it better backwards compatibily then other 64bit os’s they released in the past.  Come on now if they keep making 32bit no one will ever move on.  Make the 64 bit only and make it work with older apps.

  5. Jason February 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/03/windows-7-skus-announced-yes-your-worst-nightmare-has-come-to/
    Well its official!  Microsoft will keep the same number of versions as Vista and will be adding Windows 7 Professional 32 and 64 bit

  6. hyndy August 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    I think releasing more versions of windows is a great thing, because some computers don’t have too much resources. I’m sure that XP will have more sells than vista or 7

  7. Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    I vote for NO editions!
    What has Microsoft done right since winxp?

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