Microsoft Unveils Windows Vista Product Lineup

The Windows Vista product lineup consists of six versions, two for businesses, three for consumers, and one for emerging markets: Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Starter. The number of offerings is the same as the number of offerings currently available for Windows XP. More important, the lineup is designed to deliver clear value to a broad range of customers, each product tailored to meet specific needs of various segments of customers — home PC users, small and medium-sized businesses and the largest enterprises — and is aimed at bringing 64-bit, Media Center and Tablet PC functionality into the mainstream.


  • Windows Vista Business

    • new UI: Windows Aero
    • Tablet PC capability (pen/touch)

  • Windows Vista Enterprise

    • new UI: Windows Aero
    • Includes Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption, Virtual PC Express, and Sub-system for Unix Applications.

  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium

    • new UI: Windows Aero
    • Windows Media Centre capability.
    • DVD burning and creation.
    • Tablet PC capability

  • Windows Vista Ultimate

    • Everything: all the entertainment features, mobility features and business-oriented features

  • Windows Vista Starter

    • 32 bit OS specifically designed for lower-cost computers

    All new versions are available for either 32-bit or 64-bit systems, depending on the needs of the customer. Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate and Business will be available as a full-packaged product at retail and on new PCs. Windows Vista Enterprise will be offered only to business customers participating in Microsoft’s Software Assurance program.


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