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Hot News of the Week: Jan. 30, 2009

Hot News of the Week: Jan. 30, 2009
Windows 7 to ship in Multiple Versions?

Earlier in the week evidence came to light to suggest that Windows 7 will be shipping in multiple versions. The latest version of Windows 7 beta, build 7025 (the public beta is build 7000), shows a screen during installation that asks the user which version of the OS he or she would like to install, according to a screenshot from PC Beta.

The five versions of Windows 7 are as follows: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate. While the news isn’t all that surprising (after all, Windows XP and Vista were both available in a number of different versions), many people were against the idea of so many different versions as opposed to just a small, medium, large approach.

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    BallistaMan , January 30, 2009 9:29 PM
    I'm still seriously hoping Microsoft doesn't release 5 versions. 3 maybe. Releasing 5 is just asking for trouble.
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    Shadow703793 , January 30, 2009 11:31 PM
    ^+1. Starter and Basic are totally un-needed. May be for OEMs only, that'll be OK.
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    nukemaster , January 31, 2009 12:44 AM
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    randomizer , January 31, 2009 4:26 AM
    Starter was only released in a few countries anyway. It's a useless OS, it only supports 1GB of RAM.
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    Tindytim , January 31, 2009 7:04 AM
    All of those versions were Debunked as leftovers from Vista. 7 will release in multiple versions, but not the same versions as Vista (don't know the specifics, so it may be more, it may be less).
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    chris312 , January 31, 2009 8:52 PM
    Yeah, I thought this was already established. The list in the Beta installation is just leftover from Vista.
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    customisbetter , February 1, 2009 3:56 PM
    If intel comes out with the 8 core/16 thread beast, then im sure the next Mac pro will have them. Since my work is in love with mac pros, we will buy a bunch. That means that i will get to operate a machine with theoretical 32 Cores...

    Mother of God.