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Windows Vista Editions--there's only one real choice

Greg Shultz looks at the what features each Windows Vista choice has to offer.

Back in February, I explored the rumor that Microsoft was planning on releasing nine editions of Windows Vista. Now that we're on the eve of Microsoft's official release, it turns out that there will actually be only eight editions of Windows Vista. But, for most of us serious Windows users there will only be one choice.

In this edition of the Windows Vista Report, I'll sift through the eight editions of Windows Vista. As I do, I'll explain why I'm of the opinion that there is only one real choice when it comes to the Windows Vista editions. The eight editions are:

  • 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

You can't touch this

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.

The final four

As you can see, we're now quickly down to four choices. And in fact, when you go to the store on January 30, 2007 these are the four editions that you will see on the shelves. These four editions are shown in Table B along with suggested retail pricing information.

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Table B: The four primary editions

Windows Vista Edition Full Package Price Upgrade Package Price
Home Basic $199.00
$99.95
Home Premium $239.00
$159.00
Business $299.00
$199.00
Ultimate $399.00
$259.00

I'm going to follow through with my target audience of serious Windows users and assume that you already own a copy of Windows XP and will be purchasing the upgrade package. I'm also going to assume that as a serious Windows user, your current system can be considered Windows Vista Premium Ready:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 128 MB video card w/support for DirectX 9 WDDM driver, Pixel Shader 2.0, and 32 bits per pixel
  • 40 GB hard disk
  • DVD-ROM Drive

Let's focus on the price jumps as we move from the lowest to the most expensive of the four remaining Windows Vista editions. While getting a brand new operating system for under $100 may sound like a good deal, it costs just $59.05 to move up one level to Home Premium. It costs only $40.00 to move up from Home Premium to Business. To move from Business to Ultimate costs $60.00.

(Keep in mind that right now I'm just looking at the base price differences here--I'm not talking about the costs associated with the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature. At this time, the Windows Anytime Upgrade pricing structure is still under wraps.)

The elimination round

At this point, I'm going to throw Windows Vista Business out of the mix, for the simple fact that it has a very precise target audience. If you're going to be rolling out Windows Vista in a small- to medium-sized business and aren't participating in Microsoft's Software Assurance program, then you're going to use Windows Vista Business because it has everything you need for business computing and comes at a very reasonable price for a business.

Since Home Basic is the cheapest and Ultimate is the most expensive--and if the old adage "you get what you pay for" holds true--we can safely assume that Home Basic has nothing when it comes to the cool Vista features and that Ultimate has everything. In fact, this holds true when you look at the feature sets. Home Basic doesn't include Windows Aero, Flip 3D, or Live Taskbar Thumbnails, just to name a few, and Ultimate includes everything. Using that reasoning, we can throw out Home Basic.

So now it comes down to a choice between Home Premium and Ultimate editions. Here, the feature sets are very closely matched. In fact, Home Premium includes Windows Aero, Flip 3D, Live Taskbar Thumbnails and most of the cool Windows Vista features found in Ultimate. However, Home Premium doesn't include the Complete PC Backup imaging tool nor does it include the BitLocker drive encryption feature. While I'm only naming two here, these are highly prized Vista features that you definitely will want to take advantage of. And when it comes right down to it, for $100 more than the cost of Home Premium, you can get Ultimate and have everything that Windows Vista has to offer.

Conclusion

As I see it, when it comes to the feature set and the price, the Windows Vista Ultimate edition is the only choice for serious Windows users. If you agree or disagree, please take a moment to drop by the Discussion area and let us hear.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

151 comments
lcarliner
lcarliner

When Microsoft chose the name "Vista" over Longhorn, it was a blow to my proposed naming scheme for the different editions. These would have been my names for each: Starter Edition would be Shorthorn Lite Basic (both versions) would be Shorthorn Home Premium would be Longhorn Business Edition (both versions) would be Longhorn Utility Ultimate would be Longhorn Fatted Prime And guess would the name for the PDA versions would be? Answer: Shoehorn! Louis A. Carliner

etruss
etruss

I just got a link to this article today even though it is an old post. If the only reasons to buy Ultimate at a much greater price is to get image backups and BitLocker, I'll pass. You can buy Acronis TrueImage 10 and get simpler image backup for $32 and I really can do without BitLocker.

ds4211a
ds4211a

Very interesting article. I just ordered the CD's, or DVD in one case, for four different releases of Linux for less than $25, shipping included. I purchased the new releases of Windows 98 and Windows XP when they came out. I think I have helped support Bill Gates long enough enough. I am typing this on an Opera browser running on Ubuntu Linux by the way.

TheRealPauper
TheRealPauper

The DRM in Vista clogs the OS and insults the user ... I'll pass on Vista, permanently !!! Added on 2/2/07 : Or until someone cracks the DRM ... Pirates Unite ... AARRRRGGGG "Right to Copy" - (c)2007 - TRP ;-{D "F**K the RIAA and MPAA !!!" ... Capt. Jack Sparrow

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Scottish git, but what a nice bloke too!

dennis41464
dennis41464

Things Like: Why would England build a tunnel under the Channel just to get to a Country Full of people that can't stand each other? Why did everyone give up thier currency to change to the Euro?? Our Currency is almost as vital to us as our Flag. Just some questions..Now to a question about Vista: I'm currently running Vista Ultimate RC2, can I upgrade to Vista Home Premium from that? I will be receiving a Vista Home Premium for free from HP since I just bought a new Computer in November.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Ohhhh, shudder don't get me started. Just be proud and fly it on your lawn and stop waving the bloody thing in my face.

Cely
Cely

Why did everyone give up thier currency to change to the Euro?? Cos they're Europeans so they're all bonkers. LOL Actually technically it's the United Kingdoms of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

gi7omy
gi7omy

It's the United Kingdom of Gt Britain and Nor'n Iron - Wales is a Principality - not a Kingdom And in Nor'n Iron we all have dual nationality so we can call ourselves what we like :D btw - Isle of Man and the Channel Islands aren't part of it. Liz is Lord of Man and Duke of Normandy

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Didn't give up their currency...YET. Why? Travel ease? Not bloody likely. Perhaps if eth Euro ever bcomes a valuable currenvy it would be an idea, but why when your currency has value? Without a sustainable exchange rate, it doesn't make sense. What impact would it have on housing in England too?

lcarliner
lcarliner

Microsoft should have sticked to its original name of "Longhorn". Then the naming conventions would have gone as follows: Home Basic would have been named as Shorthorn, Vista Home Premium would have been "Longhorn Choise", Vista Utimate would have been "Longhorn Prime". For versions designed for PDA's and the like, that version would have been named "Shoehorn". The upgrade prices compared to the Windows 98 upgrades ware at least 50 percent more!

Michael L Hereid Sr
Michael L Hereid Sr

for Ultimate plus 2 keys for Home premium $399 Ultimate $107.98 Home Premium full version Total $506.98 for Vista Don't believe me read this http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/familydiscount.mspx Saving $414 on the purchase of all 3. Or $246 over Windows 98. Mike

ds4211a
ds4211a

Where did the Windows 98 come from?

Michael L Hereid Sr
Michael L Hereid Sr

Where he said "The upgrade prices compared to the Windows 98 upgrades ware at least 50 percent more!" He was the one to mention Window 98. Mike

rhoward
rhoward

Your pricing is all well and good if you happen to live in the USA or have friends who do and can send copies over to you. In Australia (it is a large island south of the equator population 20+ million, in cause you did recognise the name) The prices for Vista are almost double the US prices, but the current exchange rate is closer to $1AU = $0.77US. One should ask Microsoft why they are gouging NON-US users? We are being charged $750 for Vista Ultimate on its OWN, not bundled with anything. For Price Parity with the US - we do have a free trade agreement with the USA - I calculate it should be about $520. One has to wonder what the other $230 a copy is being spent on, it can't be the transport costs. We are going to have to install Vista eventually as part of our rolling upgrade cycle, but at the current cost Micro$$$$oft are not making any happy customers over here.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

M$ last year took one company to Court for selling Pirate M$ Software in AU. Apparently M$ Singapore sold the product as Genuine and when it was on-sold in AU it was considered as Illegal because it didn't come though M$ AU. What I Find funny here is that I buy a lot of Volume License Stuff and all of it comes Via Singapore but because I'm buying it from the AU resellers I'm not buying Pirate Copies of M$ Product. Even the recent purchase of 2 X 5 License CAL's for 2003 SBS Premium the E-Mail with the 2 X 25 Digit Codes came directly from Singapore and it was only the money that changed hands in AU. Col

gi7omy
gi7omy

Over here Vista (all versions) will cost DOUBLE the US price. Why? MS accountants have inflated the dollar to the same value as the pound (actually the exchange rate is 2 to 1)

wizardb
wizardb

It is embarrassing watching tech republic and zdnet shill for Microsoft.Why can you all not admit that Vista is just a waste of money it does nothing that previous OS's don't do except chew up huge amounts of resources that should be used by your programs to function,oh I forgot to mention It also costs a ton of time and money because it won't function with a lot of your hardware and software.I beta'd and it out and out sucks plain and simple.

CaptMorgan
CaptMorgan

Isn't that kind of like when people from the US are called Americans, even though Canadians (and many other countries) are technically Americans as well? America is the land of the Western hemisphere or New World consisting of North-, Central- and South America with their associated islands and regions. It?s just common to use the word American as people of the US, it?s not correct but its how people across the world talk, and we all know the difference. So calling Americns Canadians is partially correct, but calling Canadians Americans is 100% correct, even though most don't want to be mistaken for members of the United States of America. ;-) So don?t take is so personally, using shortened versions of are just ways for informal discussions to take place among intelligent people to converse casually. We all know (or should know) that the United Kingdom is a political union made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (plus about 14 oversees territories). And is actually called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but that?s a lot to say in casual conversation, and England is only a part of that Kingdom, (albeit the largest part). But does all that have to be said each time we talk with our brothers from the UK or Scotland?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

I worked with a staunchly proud Scot. if you said UK, he would freak out because Scotland was not technically part of the UK, just an assumed/collective part. If you mentioned England, "no such thing, England isnt actualy a country in sistealf, again an assumed name." He was a nice guy but a rotten git too.

ttcrossover
ttcrossover

...from a nation with "W" as a leader. But back on topic, I've always thought Canadians and Mexicans should be called "Americans", too, not just U.S. citizens. The continents are the Americas; the U.S. is just a nation on the Northern-most land mass. And I'll (slowly) switch to Linux.

tom
tom

The title says it all. From here (Canada) to the Panama border we all all North Americans. Group hug anyone ;-))

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Not trying to be overly insulting (well, maybe I am a little) but, it strikes me that most of the people touting how great MS Vista is have several biases: - They have a personal addiction to the latest, newest thing; and it doesn't matter if it's better or not. So do crows, raccoons, and packrats. - They have a serious "Keeping up with the Jones's" mentality. (So do Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin, so don't feel too bad.) - They have a vested interest in promoting Microsoft products. (So does my cousin, oh, wait a minute, my cousin WORKS for Microsoft.) When you add up the pros and the cons for Microsoft Vista you come up with a zero sum. No overall improvement if you buy it, no overall disadvantage. Except for two things - you just spent $100 to $400 for something you didn't need, and wasted a couple hours messing with something you didn't have to mess with before.

gerg
gerg

It strikes me that most people touting how bad MS Vista is have several biases: -- They have a problem with change and dislike the "newest thing", espescially if Microsoft makes it. -- They are a rebel who wants to be different and go against society and acceptance. -- They have a vested interest in insulting Microsoft because they cling to their festering OS like linux which after over a decade still lags behind in ease of use and functionality. Your comment is not some great work of insight but rather just a bias opinion itself from a single viewpoint. If you don't like the features of Vista, don't buy it but others might enjoy some of them. I constantly use the mini screenshots as i hover over the taskbar and the 3d cascading of my open applications. It's very handy. My advice, head back to your #linuxforthewin channel on EFNet and give your RTFM hotkey a workout so you feel a bit better before you head to sleep tonight.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

You would like to attempt to answer all the Vista Questions that are now showing up on the Q & A Section of TR. There are quite a few currently listed that should be simple fixes but because the software isn't currently available they are impossible to fix. Or even better try installing a Dual Boot System of some form of Vista and XP and see what happens particularly with an Upgrade Version of Vista which came presupplied with the new computer that was bought as a Xmas present for someone. I'm actually surprised at the number of people rushing out to buy copies of Vista and then wondering why it [b]Don't Work Right[/b] but the advertising material is so nice just don't ask how to install the Office Accounting Package onto Vista and see it work because it is based on SQL 2005 and doesn't. :^0 Col

devin.rambo
devin.rambo

>>Except for two things - you just spent $100 to $400 for something you didn't need, and wasted a couple hours messing with something you didn't have to mess with before.

fabio.drago
fabio.drago

is money. How Microsoft can earn more and more money ? Selling the Operative Systems, software and services. My question is: Selling the Operative Systems still worth the effort to make a new version every two year? My personal answer is no. I think is better to build a stable release and concentrate the effort to delivery better services (Market Place is an example). Think about the printers. Nowday the hardware cost less than the ink cardrige. In some cases the hardware is a gift. So Greg, I think you're right and I don't plan to upgrade to Vista... until Microsoft stop the support for XP ;-).

Rob C
Rob C

I don't think anyone has mentioned the overhead and complications that will be caused by MS going overboard with DRM www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html

CodeBubba
CodeBubba

I'm definitely inclined to sit this one out for awhile like many of the other posters here. I've been developing code for the Microsoft platforms for a long time - so I've been "in there" with all the versions as they've come up. This time, though - I think I'll wait awhile. XP Professional has turned out to be as solid an O/S as I have ever used. As far as I'm concerned everything works. I have an extra machine here at the office that I'm in the process of running Vista on because I was curious about it. So far it seems to run OK, though all the additional "security" makes life difficult at times - installing software requires some work-arounds. There's also some incompatibilities popping up with even the most recent development tools. (VS2005, SQL Server 2005). I don't expect those will be major issues - but that they are identified as "incompatible" is a concern. As for my own personal systems - no way. I've got 5 computers at the house that are all running XP. I paid for the license on all five of them and they are all running solid. About the only thing Vista seems to offer, IMHO, is additional eye-candy. I just don't need it. In fact, I just took shipment on a new desktop system (Dell) - and told 'em to keep their free upgrade to Vista: XP Pro is going to be it for awhile. Like one other poster said - I use my machines to get work done. Yeah ... I play a few games here and there but mostly use it to get real stuff done. Transparent windows and eye candy? Maybe later when I have nothing else to do but tinker with the O/S. -CB :)

Villas
Villas

After reading most of the replies here (yes, all of them) I can only get to 1 conclusion. Most of us want to have vista installed, enjoy the new features and work with it, but since the Ultimate is expensive, and all other versions are stripped from some nice features, Vista is crap and XP is good. I don't believe it's like this. I just think it's too expensive. Ok, I can go with that. I don?t install 1st releases anyway..... To say something like this I must introduce myself and my reality. I work at an University department as a computer technician. Installation, support, servers, cables, you name it!!! I have about 370 computers under my responsibility. Most of them have XP (pro of course) but I still have some with 98SE, 2000 pro and my servers are running 2000 server. I even have a media server with 2003 server. They work fine the way they are now and that's all I need. This year, I started installing some new labs with Ubuntu 6.06 in some old computers (compaq 1Ghz PIII with 384Mb RAM), because they where not good enough for the new software. Iit just works great and it even has LDAP authentication!!! That's what I call NEW! Not having to pay about $70.000/year in hardware/software. That way I can use my money in full gigabit networks and faster servers. The major problem with Linux is the Job?s market. Being in an University and having computers for classes, the software I need to teach is Adobe/Macromedia, CAD, Solidworks and such. I can?t teach Inkscape for example (great FREE Vectorial program) because ?out there? everyone works with Freehand or Corel. I believe this tendency is going to change and it will not take long. I just hope it doesn?t take toooo long. I've tested Vista at home by curiosity and to see what's going to happen in Q3 2007 once I'll start installing it (maybe) on Study labs. Of course I tested the Release Candidates for the ultimate version like everyone else. Does anyone really tested the Business or Premium versions? Do those versions do the Job? Vista is a good OS and that is just plain and simple. The hardware market isn?t quite ready for it yet but it will be soon, the way it happened with XP. Maybe, with this release, more people will become aware that Linux is out and that it does the same things for free and without too demanding hardware requisites. For now it?s an expensive update/upgrade and most of us have to wait until prices drop on hardware or Vista itself. Even so, most people will get it, legal or not just because it?s new.

dcarr@winning.com
dcarr@winning.com

I think Vista is just a way for MS to make more money. Most of us just want our p/c's to work, and considering using the same apps, why do we need a NEW OS???? Heck XP still has issues after all these years. The future is Linux, and hopefully the world will figure that out and tell MS & Gates to go fly. Remember 51% of the p/c's currently in use can not run (or for that matter install without the DVD Drive) Vista!!! The hardware requirements for Aero, etc. are ridiculous. Maybe OK for NEW p/c's, but upgrading memory, adding DVD drive, video card are needless expense to run the same old apps. I personally am hoping that Vista crashes and burns. I have conferred with several long term Beta Testers, and the common concensus is "JUNK". When did that ever stop MS from marketing a product. Don't forget we all need to upgrade to OFFICE 2007!!!!

lindfalas
lindfalas

Well I gues all need some experience on Beta and new software that has the future on it. Of cource they demand more power then alder things. Thats how it work. But none claim XP is a resurce how now, but all calld it that when it came. I know Vista will go the same way. After 1 year not many wil call it a resource hog anymore. Its simple. If you dont have the hardware for it, dont use it. XP will work well for them. I know I will use Vista and I still gonna upgrade my computers anyway. Greetz

Michael L Hereid Sr
Michael L Hereid Sr

I also have used Vista from Beta1. I also dual boot with Xp. I run Vista 99% of the time-only reason I have XP is that I am still beta testing some things. Being a longtime MS beta tester(10years) I have heard the same things(too much hardware requirements-resource hog-too buggy)I think Vista is better right now. Mike

lindfalas
lindfalas

It?s just funny to read all this post. I have used the Vista from beta 1. It?s a OS for the future and if you don?t have the hardware or dont need a new OS, don?t by it now.. But you will need sooner or later. I dual boot, just for the need of a good gaming OS. XP is just that. On Vista I can program and do all other things I want. I also hear the same ting every time MS realse a new OS(Same with W95, W200x and XP) People complain that he OS use to much hardware. Look at XP when it some. Same story then. All complain about the harware the XP wanted and all "fancy" stuff in it. All "pro" just told people just to remove all fancy stuff. Does anybody do that anymore? I dont think so. Why sjould thay.. All have hardware for it now. Same story with Vista will come. I think Vista will be better then XP when all 3:e part software/hardware company will make things work. But most work very well now. Greetz

WoW > Work
WoW > Work

I've not had the opportunity to read every article on Vista, but has there been any word on issuing a Tablet Version of Vista anytime soon, if at all? More than likely, it will just be a version of Business revamped for tablet computers. Though, they always could make Business Tablet and Ultimate Tablet versions. Either way, more versions to add to the pile?

gi7omy
gi7omy

Just keep taking the tablets You must be really ill to think of Vista on a handheld :D

fgarza
fgarza

Home seems sufficient enough for the average home user but if you are using your home PC for business or as to access your companys network through VPN, I would say Ultimate is the way to go.

adrian
adrian

I share the view of the other posters who see the PC as a tool to do a job, and still have several PCs in my company running Windows 2000 and doing what we need them to do. Moving to a newer version of Windows would mean we would need to get more powerful hardware just to achieve the same level of performance, and I would never upgrade an existing PC to a newer version of Windows for this reason. When buying new PCs with XP, it has to be XP Pro for us, as XP Home does not support Windows domains. I assume this difference must also apply to the Home versions of Vista, though I haven't checked up on this and no previous poster has mentioned it. I will continue buying PCs with XP Pro for as long as they remain available in the normal channels. When I eventually have to buy PCs with Vista, I expect that the choice will be limited by what the manufacturers will be bundling. I don't expect that HP and the like will be offering their PCs with seven different flavours of Vista to those of us here in Europe, or even five to customers in the USA.

karl
karl

I agree with Adrian that Win 2K did everything I needed, and was the most robust OS, even according to Microsoft's own testing. My theory is that each major new Windows release is accompanied by a worldwide economic downturn within a year or two (go check the figures, it's true). Every new revision just costs my company money, for no gain whatsoever. WHO NEEDS IT!

bchessell
bchessell

That's just so absolutely what I've been thinking since Lotus turned up it's heels, I can't understand why I didn't look at the figures! Thanks for the clarifying thought.

iztokb.bratos
iztokb.bratos

Can any body explain to me why is so much panic around OS (Vista, XP, ...). As I know I work with WP, EXCEL, cDRAW, ACAD, and not with OS. So if I want to do my job I really don't care about OS. I worked same business in DOS, win98, 2000, xp so the only difference is that now I own hardware so strong that I can calculate flight to Mars and still just write text and calculate tables in QPRO or EXCEL. DOES ANYBODY NEED NEW OS?????

BIOSphereopts
BIOSphereopts

Yep, But if microsoft doesnt come out with something bigger and better, Mac may get the upper hand. You can see it in the ad campaign running now, the premise is: Windows for work, Mac for play. Vista, is also trying to get rid of some of those nasty windows bugs that we are all use to in order to make it more stable and reliable. And they wanted to pretty it up some to with this aero glass thing. Outside of that, I almost agree with you. If the apps are the same, what do I need with an OS that requires X gig of ram and X gig of Hard drive space and X Ghz CPU.

wizardb
wizardb

Mac is irrelevant 5-9% where it will always be!

wizardb
wizardb

Nobody on this planet is worried about Mac or it's OS 9% is where Mac is and where Mac will stay give or take a point or 2 .Microsoft is worried about Linux they can see the impact that the latest releases are have in the business sector and they are scared their share of that sector is dropping fairly quickly and they have to try to appear to be on the cutting edge and I believe that that is why they have released this worked over piece of eye candy that really does nothing to make computing better or easier imho.

j.g.camp
j.g.camp

Because most of those applications you indicated for Office have bug exploits and security holes that manifest themselves with the base of system, the OS. Apple is full of themselves, Windows for Work and Apple for play ? Really, when Apple went Intel, they threw in the towel on that fight and it doesn't matter how nerdy they portray PC's and Windows, their OSX is just a limited and proprietary version of Linux. Apple is a company that has made more noise with the iPod than they have with computers. I've used Windows, OS X and Linux. And to be honest about it, you want new OS, Linux has one every 6 months, Apple only updates it's kernel every few years too, otherwise applications would break just the same as it does in Linux. Bottom line for Apple, buy one for the quality of the hardware, you get a copy of Tiger or upcoming Leopard with it, but be smart enough to realize that Windows runs on it, take advantage of the software titles for Windows. BTW, games run better in Windows than they do on either OS X or Linux, the reality is Apple and Mac can't even play on the same level as PC's and Windows. So those cute little ads by Apple are FOS. I'm surprised the FCC hasn't called them out on the stupidity they spew, because it's puffery at the very least. Show me one game that produces the frame rates in OS X that they do in the Windows version and I'll show you a game nobody plays that isn't a top seller. Anyhow, you want a nice OS for free, Ubuntu is awesome. And yes, you'll have to convert to different applications, but pretty much, one for one, there is a free version of a Linux title that does what Windows and OS X applications do. Ubuntu has 6.06 (Dapper), 6.10 (Edgy Eft) and around April 2007, 7.04 (Fiesty Fawn) will arrive. There you go, three free OS's in less than a year. Applications will also be the next, latest and greatest versions too. Linux outdoes OS X and Windows on what Steve Jobs and Apple blast MS and Windows for. Linux is about the only OS and the Open Source community is the only one's that even come close to telling you the truth about their products.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

"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" Hmmm - Seems to me you don't include your Europeam readers in the equation then. Typical self centered approach I have come to expect here. Give us a TR- Europe or UK PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

We like to have your brits around. You're like the older brother who kicks us in the croch every now and again....

gi7omy
gi7omy

OK - I ain't in GB - I'm in Ireland but MS is out to screw us over here. Present exchange rate between dollar and pound is very close to 2 dollars = 1 pound so what do MS do? They sell Vista at a valuation of ONE dollar = one pound (so they stick us over here with double the price. Do they give the DVDs their own seat on the plane over?

denis_allison
denis_allison

For those of us not in a hurry to change due to wanting a known stable platform to develop on. Wii tech net be only for Vista Geeks! I will get sea sick

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

the term Scot's (as in Scotland)...around. Don't rate the 'Great Britain' tag all that much. No quarrel with any if the neighbours... We fly a Saltire not a Union Jack (the lad).

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