Engadget/Wikipedia said:Remember that screenshot we saw of all those different Windows 7 versions (pictured above)? Well guess what? It's worse than you could have possibly imagined. The following will be the actual new SKUs for the OS:
Windows 7 Starter
An option for "lower-cost" laptops or "price-sensitive" consumers, with limitations: the Aero UI theme is not included and the system is limited to running only three applications simultaneously. This will be available pre-installed on computers through system integrators or computer manufacturers.
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Basic will only be available in "emerging markets", similar to Windows Vista Starter, which was only available in countries such as Brazil, People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Thailand — mainly to combat unauthorized copies. It was not available in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, Australia or New Zealand. Windows 7 Home Basic can run an unlimited number of applications, but some Aero options are excluded, along with most new features.
Windows 7 Home Premium
This edition contains additional features aimed at the home market segment, such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and touch-screen controls. Microsoft recommends this operating system for "most customers".
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional is aimed at the "small business" market and "customers who want additional features". It includes all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium and additional features such as Remote Desktop host, location aware printing, and Presentation Mode, along with the ability to join a Windows Server domain.
Windows 7 Enterprise
This edition targets the enterprise segment of the market: it comprises a superset of Windows 7 Professional. Additional features include support for Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application-support. Not available through retail or OEM channels, this edition will be distributed through Microsoft Software Assurance (SA). As a result it includes several SA-only benefits, including a license allowing the running of multiple virtual machines, access to Virtual PC Express, and activation via Volume License Key.
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate combines all the features of the other editions, including Enterprise, but unlike that edition will be available to home users on an individual license basis.
This information has been confirmed by Microsoft... who never listens to us. At least most consumers will only see Home Premium and Professional options at retail, which is more akin to the XP options of yore, and means WMC will be "baseline" for most PCs.
Wow, that's about 2 versions too many. We could do without the starter and home basic, you know those aren't really Windows 7 (Hell, they're barely even Windows.)