Microsoft’s highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system fixes many of the problems in the tragedy that is Vista. However, when it comes to one thing, Microsoft still doesn’t understand what they are doing. It has been announced that the Windows 7 SKU (stock keeping unit) will offer six different varieties of the operating system. Six!? Really, Microsoft, you had to chop up the features in your operating system and spend the time creating six different versions of it? If you ask me, this is one area where Microsoft really falls below the standard in producing software.
Before I go any further, you’re probably wondering what the versions are. The lineup includes:
- Windows 7 Starter
- Windows 7 Home Basic (in Emerging Markets only)
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Enterprise
- Windows 7 Ultimate
That said, the primary focus will be on Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. At a glance, this appears to be pretty typical of Windows. The most unusual thing about it, though, is that the Starter version will only allow users to run three concurrent applications. It goes without saying how ludicrous that is.
Sure, to us geeks it isn’t all that confusing to know what we want and which version to purchase. However, to the general consumer, this just makes the decision even harder. Not only that, but I’m sure it increases the amount of calls MS gets to tech support asking why users can’t find certain features only to tell them that they bought the wrong version. Does anyone else think this is as annoying as me?