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It seems Vista is going to be in more flavours than previously imagined:


Windows Vista Starter

Windows Vista Home Basic N

Windows Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Business N

Windows Vista Business

Windows Vista Enterprise

Windows Vista Ultimate


Right off the bat, you can remove Windows Vista Home Basic N and Windows Vista Business N from your list of choices. These two editions of the operating system will only be available in the European Union and are stripped of all Windows Media-related technologies by decree of an antitrust ruling. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find any mention at all of the so called "N" editions on Microsoft's site.


You can also remove Windows Vista Starter because, according to Microsoft, "Windows Vista Starter is not currently scheduled to be available in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, or other high income markets as defined by the World Bank."


You can even remove Windows Vista Enterprise from your list of choices. This edition will only be available through volume licensing deals for large organizations participating in Microsoft's Software Assurance program--it will not be available via the retail chain. As such, if you work at a large organization, chances are you'll be using Windows Vista Enterprise.


I do like the fact that Media is being hit over here - wonder what that will do to Bill's DRM enforcement?





Interesting legal argument on the Vista EULA also here:



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