So Microsoft has finally launched Vista. Now, it has to wait and see how people take to the latest version of Windows claimed by Microsoft to be the most secure OS ever. But the general impression is that People may not rush out to buy Vista. One of the reasons is that Vista is available in Six versions. With six versions, choosing the right one may prove to be a daunting task. What are the six versions? Here they are:
- Windows Vista Starter is designed to allow families and new PC users to learn how to use computers to maximize educational benefits that PCs and the Internet have to offer.
- Windows Vista Home Basic will cater to users who only browse the web or check email. (Upgrade: $129; Full Retail: $259)
- Windows Vista Home Premium will add on to Basic by offering a whole bunch of digital media capabilities including DVD authoring software that lets users burn in high definition. (Upgrade: $179; Full Retail: $299)
- Windows Vista Ultimate will take Home Premium and Business tools so that a user’s PC can be geared toward use at work, home or when travelling. (Upgrade: $299; Retail: $499)
- Windows Vista Business is the new version of XP Pro, but Goffe says the company learned that people didn’t like the word “pro” in the title of the previous OS because it made small business think it would be too powerful or complicated. (Windows Vista Business: Upgrade: $249; Full Retail: $379)
- Windows Vista Enterprise will cater to the more complex business segment that needs an OS that can mange complex IT structures and file management.
Note: Microsoft will also offer “N” versions of Vista Home Basic and Vista Business in Europe that have Windows Media Player removed.