Well, now we know two flavors of Windows 7

Well, now we know two flavors of Windows 7

Summary: Well, thanks to a privacy document that Microsoft has posted to its website, we now know at least two flavors that Windows 7 will come in.

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Well, thanks to a privacy document that Microsoft has posted to its website, we now know at least two flavors that Windows 7 will come in.

The information is contained in the Windows 7 Pre-release (M3) Privacy Supplement.

BitLocker Drive Encryption (BitLocker) is available on computers running Windows 7 Enterprise Edition and Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. Should your computer be lost or stolen, BitLocker protects your data by helping to prevent offline software attacks. Turning on BitLocker encrypts the hard drive where Windows is installed, including all information that is stored on that drive. [Emphasis added]

Anyone want to take bets on whether the Ultimate SKU will offer "Ultimate Extras" as one of the benefits of going Ultimate? ;) I doubt it!

(Hat tip to Long Zheng for finding the privacy document.)

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, Microsoft, Software, Software Development, Windows

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  • But the question, Adrian...

    ...is, will YOU be buying Windows 7 Ultimate Edition? ;-)
    MGP2
  • Does it really mean two versions?

    Or is the document a result of cut and paste of the Vista one, prior to any decision being made on the editions.

    Either explanation is plausible. Seems a little early to jump to conclusions.
    TheTruthisOutThere@...
  • RE: Well, now we know two flavors of Windows 7

    No business edition? Why would they NOT include bitlocker in the business edition?

    Gawd...and they ARE going with the "ultimate" snake-oil crap again?

    Confusing...as...hell.
    lawryll@...
  • Ultimate Extras - Bait and Switch

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I doubt we'll see that in Windows 7.
    jpr75_z
    • absolutely....

      Microsoft would do well to heavily discount the upgrade for Vista Ultimate Users.

      - Sam
      JoeMama_z
  • Way too early to come to any conclusions

    That terminology reads like it's a search and replace of "Windows Vista" and "Windows 7"... I'm not going to waste time passing any judgements or jumping to any conclusions until I see a "this is the way it's going to be" statement from Microsoft.
    s_southern
    • Yea... Right

      I'm not going to waste time passing any judgements or jumping to any conclusions until I see a "this is the way it's going to be" statement from Microsoft.

      I'm NOT going to come to ANY conclusions until I SEE the RELEASED VERSION.
      PERIOD.
      It's becoming way too difficult to trust Microsoft until the RELEASE Version.
      jimiznhb
  • Less SKUs the better....

    They don't need more that 3 SKUs. By the time W7 is released if you don't have enough resources then upgrade or buy a new computer.

    If you remember some of the bottom SKUs were for the sake of Intel and they did not even deploy it.
    dunn@...
  • RE: Well, now we know two flavors of Windows 7

    No surprises here! There will always be an "enterprise edition" for those large customers with which enterprise license agreements. And, whether you call it ultimate or not, there will need to be an edition with the kitchen sink in it.

    I'd expect "Home Basic" to be put out of its misery leaving us with:

    "Home", "Business", and "Ultimate" for consumers in the USA.

    "Enterprise" for ELA customers worldwide.

    "EU" (or something just as silly) that strips out WMP to please European governments.

    "Starter Edition" for emerging markets (in order to finally phase out XP in netbooks).
    M Wagner
    • versions...

      I agree about the "Home", "Business", and "Ultimate" comment, though... You can't say "in the US". Really, they'll offer those 3 to consumers everywhere... just, they'll have the added "EU" version in the EU.

      I also agree that they'll probably make "Enterprise" a more hidden version, though, they may just merge it with the "business" version.

      the only main thing I'd disagree about? is the "Starter Edition". I don't think that they'd be able to rewrite and streamline W7 down far enough for it to work, without going so modular that they'll have to reset the code, almost...... And that'd be a lot of time and effort, which they'll probably have to do in the next few versions, to be able to more effectively compete with Linux for the discount markets (and bump performance of the entire line in the process)... but I doubt they'd be able to pull it off in time for W7. W8 or 9 would be iffy, but plausible... after that, yeah, I would believe it.

      I think that for now, they'll work on XP SP4 being streamlined a bit, and they'll probably work on making XP smaller/more trim, keeping it around for netbooks and development in that direction, while they move the newer windows versions onward keeping the "experience" and full-featured nature intact. They'd harmonize the 2 later on, of course. But keeping the 2 dev streams means that you can have specializations, and then just work on optimizing between the 2.
      shryko
  • Enterprise, you say?

    As in Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SuSE Linux Enterprise Server/Desktop... Not to mention that the screenshots I've seen of it look too much like [b]KDE[/b] or GNOME with a 48px panel... Way to innovate in the GUI, Microsoft!!
    gmureddu@...
    • "friends teach you what you WANT to know..."

      "...but enemies teach you what you NEED to know."

      a quote, I don't remember where I first heard/saw it, exactly... but yes, I completely agree with the taskbar becoming more like KDE...

      and really, I sorta wonder if we'll find a crystal skin for Win7, and a crystal theme... I already use KDEFF for my firefox, and I'd love to be able to not feel like I'm in windows anymore... then again, if the win32 API was ever fully documented? WINE would quickly be able to get where I wouldn't need to use windows for pretty much anything! *sigh*


      then again, this could be an attempt to lure linux users back to windows, by making the transition less abrupt... if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
      shryko
  • hmmm, Ultimate extras....

    Okay, will Ultimate have "Ultimate extras?" Probably, will they be made a selling point? Most likely not.
    Ultimate Extras was supposed to be the greatest thing with Vista Ultimate, and in the beginning, it seemed like it would be. Bitlocker, better Networking, Got the cool MPEG desktop, even the Texas Hold'Em game wasn't so bad. Things dried up pretty quick though.
    Will Microsoft still be offering "goodies" to the people that spend the most? Sure! But they probably won't market it as, "Why you want 7 Ultimate!"
    gene_fitz@...