Windows 7 SKU Announcement
Microsoft has created a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) line-up where each SKU is a superset of the previous SKU. This means that each higher edition SKU will have every feature lower edition SKUs have. Microsoft will be focusing on two primary editions of Windows 7:
1. Windows 7 Home Premium
2. Windows 7 Professional
Microsoft will continue to offer a few targeted SKUs for customers with specialized needs:
– For price-sensitive customers with small notebook PCs, some OEMs will offer Windows 7 Starter.
– For customers in emerging markets, Microsoft will make Windows 7 Home Basic available.
Businesses have two recommended choices.
1. Windows 7 Professional
2. Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Professional is recommended for small businesses and Windows 7 Enterprise is recommended for mid- and large-sized businesses that have a Software Assurance Agreement with Microsoft.
Microsoft recommends Windows 7 Home Premium for most customers and Windows 7 Professional for customers who want additional features and functionality useful for small business activities.
SKUs for Windows 7:
The SKU lineup for Windows 7 is:
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic (in Emerging Markets only)
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Ultimate
The features in each version of Windows 7 build upon the one before it. As customers move up from one SKU to the next, from Windows 7 Starter through Windows 7 Ultimate, they gain additional features and lose none.