Microsoft plans to release six different versions of its new operating system. Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate for the consumer markets; An Enterprise edition for large companies; Windows 7 Professional for general business use; Window 7 Home Basic for emerging markets, and Windows Starter Edition for limited types of hardware.
Microsoft is expected to ship Windows 7 in late 2009 or early 2010. The company recommends Windows 7 Home Premium for most consumers, and Windows 7 Professional for home office workers and small business employees. Windows 7 Professional contains many of the advanced security features found in Windows 7 Enterprise.
Microsoft has designed Windows 7 to be lighter and more resource-efficient than Vista, with an eye to capturing netbook PCs. The netbook category includes low-powered notebooks designed mostly for Web surfing and e-mail use. Vista's inability to fit on netbooks has hurt Microsoft's revenue, with Windows sales down 8% in the most recent quarter. News By Paul McDougall InformationWeek