Remember when people thought that Windows XP Home, Professional and later Media Center would be to
confusing for customers? Cuz Microsoft definitely doesn't. They officially announced the various versions of Vista this
morning, and good luck keeping all six (yes 6
) of them straight. Since we know that what you really
want to do is record TV shows
and stream high definition
content to your Xbox 360
, only two of them will really satisfy.
Vista Business and Vista Enterprise are
targeted towards workplaces small and large, respectively. Vista Home Basic continues your usual Windows XP/98/95
family tree with some enhancements, while Vista Starter is meant for low cost computers in emerging markets. Vista Home
Premium adds the Aero desktop feature, Tablet PC and Media Center capabilities and Vista Ultimate is the do-everything
of the bunch, including all of the available features.
We're disappointed Microsoft didn't include Media
Center capabilities across the product line. Besides the confusion factor, how are you supposed to tell your boss you
need IT to install Vista Ultimate because you want to stream the HD
while playing Project Gotham on one of the conference room projectors?