The dreaded nightmare for many has turned out to be true. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 will be available in different flavors, so as to target different audiences. In all, there will be 6 variants – Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets), Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.
Windows 7 Starter: The starter pack will target the netbook users and will support up to 3 concurrent applications, ability to join a Home Group, improved taskbar and JumpLists.
Windows 7 Home Basic: This pack will be available only in emerging markets and will have unlimited applications, live thumbnail previews & enhanced visual experience, advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing), and Mobility Center.
Windows 7 Home Premium: This will be pushed to most of the consumers and will feature Aero Glass & advanced windows navigation, improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To, and multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition.
Windows 7 Professional: More sophisticated than Home Premium and has ability to join a managed network with Domain Join, data protection with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System, and print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing.
Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate: Fully blown OS with bitLocker data protection on internal and external drives, DirectAccess for seamless connectivity to corporate networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2, BranchCache support when on networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2, and lock unauthorized software from running with AppLocker.