Okay, I will admit the idea of seven Windows 7 versions does seem rather insane at first pass. And to be totally fair, the reality is that here in North America, it will translate into about six versions or less, depending on how you look at it. But can we truly claim that we are having seven choices tossed at us at once? Depends on where you are sitting I suppose.
- Windows 7 Home Basic – Not even happening here in the States. That is one down for most of us.
- Windows 7 Enterprise – End users will again never see this unless it is at work. So no confusion there.
- Windows 7 Starter – While available in the States when it goes live, it will be available via OEM only. Likely bundled with stuff like Netbooks, is my guess.
So at the end of the day, we actually will see three versions of Windows 7 made available to the general public, available in a box form. You know, sort of like with XP with an Ultimate release tagging along. Do I think all of the other versions are needed? Honestly, I think they could have done this with two rather than three, as Ultimate really ought to have just been part of the Professional release in my honest opinion.
But what about all of the hype surrounding SEVEN releases? Complete nonsense and bordering flame bait in my opinion. Yes, it is true that it seems like Windows 7 is going to be rolling out a ton of releases at once, but the reality is that for most of us, it is just three editions. One too many, sure. But five too many is a matter of much debate apparently.