Microsoft says it is responding to customer feedback by primarily featuring two editions of its Windows 7 operating system here: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional.
"Microsoft has made a concerted effort to streamline the number of editions available in the new OS, while at the same time catering to the requirements of more than one billion Windows customers worldwide," says the vendor.
There will also be targeted editions of the OS, including Windows 7 Starter, with limited functionality, available on OEM-built netbooks. Windows 7 Enterprise is available for corporates, and provides the features offered in the Professional edition along with a range of security and networking enhancements. These enhancements include BitLocker To Go, AppLocker and BranchCache. Windows 7 Ultimate is described by Microsoft as the consumer equivalent of Enterprise, pitched at technology enthusiasts.