Vista Galore! Microsoft plans seven core Windows Vista versions ... or more!

by Cem Basman

Microsoft is readying sixseven core Vista packages, or SKUs, plus some additional releases customized for the European Union that won't bundle in Windows Media Player, as ordered by European antitrust regulators. The list according to Microsoft:

If you drill down the beta version of this support sites to some of the topics, you'll see actual content. Other items just have placeholders.

According to arstechnica:

What's missing is a 64-bit version of Vista, which more than likely means that more SKUs are going to be announced at some point. Also, the Help and Support beta site is far from complete as some descriptions are missing in their entirety. We can be assured that as the release date of Windows Vista gets closer, Microsoft's site is going to be updated with more information and possibly more versions.

Duck! ... It's Vista Galore!


There is one version missing in your list: Windows Vista Secure Edition ;-)

Jan-Piet Mens, 2006-02-20

Its always interesting reviewing the delivered code and comparing against the initial promises made - what - four ? - years ago.

And of course, since Visa implements DRM, it means you can only watch what Microsoft want you to watch.

A big "Yawn" from me then. I suspect Tiger on Intel is a far more technically innovative solution...

---* Bill

Bill Buchan, 2006-02-20

@Jan-Piet: I'd say that Cem just reported the facts and left out fiction and wishful thinking ;)

Stefan Rubner, 2006-02-20

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