Someone at Microsoft apparently goofed and posted details about the Vista product lineup on the company’s Web site over the weekend, according to a report in Computerworld. The information was removed after a day, and Microsoft told the publication the list was published prematurely and is incomplete.
We’ll call it the Windows Vista Starter 2006 list. If it’s correct, there will be six versions of Vista, plus two limited release versions to satisfy European antitrust restrictions:
_ Windows Starter 2007, a basic version for developing countries that doesn’t include Vista’s advanced graphics.
_ Vista Home Basic, an entry-level home system. There’s also a Basic N version for Europe that doesn’t include a media player.
_ Vista Home Premium, a presumably higher-priced consumer version that includes Media Center features.
_ Vista Business, a basic professional edition, as well as a Business N version for Europe without the media player.
_ Vista Enterprise, a high-end business version that includes virtualization and multilanguage interface features, as well as advanced security features.
_ Vista Ultimate, a super premium version with all available features.