There were basically two editions of Windows XP for home users, namely Home and Professional. While this was confusing for some it turned out to be a minor problem.
When0 Vista launched, Microsoft decided to publish additional editions: Windows Vista Home Basic & Premium, Vista Business and Vista Ultimate.
The list does not take into account the Enterprise editions nor special editions like the one created for the European Union.
Vista Ultimate was designed to be special. As the name suggested, it was designed to the one true edition that offered all features of all other editions and extra features that only it offered that Microsoft called Windows Vista Ultimate Extras.
Microsoft promised cutting edge programs, innovative services and unique publications just for Windows Vista Ultimate users.
If you take a look at what they have delivered after more than one year: DreamScene, Language Packs, BitLocker, a poker game and sound schemes.
What you get is a video screen saver, a game, some sounds, new languages (wonder how many need these) and Bitlocker which is a drive encryption software. Does that look like cutting edge programs, innovative services and unique publications to you?
I wonder how many users who made the purchase thinking that they would receive some great add-ons and bonuses will pick up the ultimate edition of Windows 7 once it comes out. Are you a Vista Ultimate user? What are your thoughts about the extras so far? Oh, in case you are wondering what new extras have been released: Two new sound schemes and a third Dreamscene pack.
Update: Windows 7 shipped with an ultimate edition which basically offered the same advantages over other editions of the operating system. It is interesting to note that this will be the last operating system with an ultimate edition. When Windows 8 gets released, Microsoft will have cut down on the editions it is offered in significantly. Retail customers can select Windows 8, a standard edition, or Windows 8 Pro, a professional edition.
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