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- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic - $385.00
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - $455.00
- Microsoft Windows Vista Business - $565.00
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate- $751.00
Other parts of the world get other versions.
- Microsoft Windows Starter 2007 - hehe, this one lost its "Vista" moniker. This is a cut down version to be sold in third world countries. It will be severly restricted so that poor people can't enjoy their computers as much as rich people. Note to poor countires, use Linux.
- Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic N - and
- Microsoft Windows Vista Business N - have had Media Player ripped out of them and are for sale in the European Union because Microsoft got their arse kicked in anti-trust rulings over there.
- Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise - not specially designed for Star Trek fans. Business server version of windows. Supposed to do what Linux does. Prolly doesn't.
According to Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows all drivers must be signed to be installed. Some of my readers will know about the "Unsigned Driver" dialogue with the "Continue anyway" button. This will not be available anymore. This means that hardware companies have to pay Microsoft to review their drivers before they can release them. This means that many companies will not update their drivers as quickly (or at all) because of the time and cost of getting them signed. Once again, innovation is cramped by the big guns in Redmond.
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows mentions that the Starter edition will actually be called Microsoft Windows Vista Starter and will only come in a 32bit version. It will only be able to run 3 applications at a time.