- Lighter and less demanding of system resources.
- More compatible with peripherals.
- Easier to manage.
- Less intrusive with a refined user access control (uac) alert system.
- Home Basic
- Home Premium
It remains to be seen what the prices are going to be, but this is a perplexing move on the part of Microsoft. If Microsoft stays consistent with their previous practices, it seems likely that the cost of these editions will be substantial. This would present the same a barrier to upgrading and adoption that Microsoft experienced with Vista. After the fiasco resulting from four versions of Vista, it is confusing how Microsoft can rationalize upping the number of available versions of their new OS to six. This is especially odd given the nature of competitive operating systems. Mac OS X and the most popular distributions of Linux (Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora, etc.) do fine with just one version of their OS available at a time.
What does this mean to you? Windows 7 is a marked improvement over Vista, and it may ultimately be a worthy successor to Windows XP. This means that if you are like most business and personal users, and you are still clinging to XP as a stable operating system that does everything you need, you should be able to switch to Windows 7 comfortably. At least, that’s the way everything looked yesterday. Now it would appear that Microsoft is once again angling for the contents of your wallet by dangling six different colored lures in front of your eyes. Windows 7 stands to be a great improvement over past versions of the OS, but only if the price is right. If the OS is released with Microsoft’s usual bloated prices, it might just be time to consider switching to a freely available, stable, secure, and nice looking OS like Ubuntu, SUSE, or Fedora.