Obviously all six (yes it seems there will be 6 different editions) editions will be different. However one edition seems to lack a lot more features than the others.
Windows 7 Starter Editions lacks :
- 64 Bit Support
- Mobility Center
- Aero Features (oh snap!)
- Premium Games (something like Tinker!)
- Media Center
- Windows Touch (no touchscreen panning!)
- Advanced Network Backup
- Domain Joining
- Encrypting File System
- Group Policies
- Location Aware Printing
- Offline folders
- Presentation mode
- Remote desktop host
- Branch Cache
- Direct Access
- Enterprise Search
- MUI Language Packs
- Virtual Desktop Interface (you can boot from a virtual disk in Win7)
- Virtual Hard Disk Booting
.. and it only supports 3 concurrent applications
According to Microsoft the Starter edition was mainly made for netbooks and low-end PC’s, therefore only 3 concurrent applications will ensure the best performance. Special software like firewalls and Anti-Viruses are excluded from this if Windows is able to identify them.
This seems like a good strategy to make people buy Home Basic or Premium and spend $25-50 more on Windows 7. For the enduser this might not be that much, especially since the bundled packages are cheaper than $200 (if they are preinstalled on your netbook or PC) but this will make Microsoft make millions.
Microsoft will make almost a billion if people buy Windows 7 Home instead of Starter:
Let’s do a simple calculation here: Microsoft sold 140+ million copies of Vista! If Microsoft also sells 140+ million copies of Windows 7 then maybe 25% (rough speculation) might want to buy the Starter edition, simply because there are more endusers than companies.
25% of 140.000.000 = 35.000.000
If only %12.5 decide to buy Home Premium instead of the Starter-edition then this would be a nice sum:
I think the sum might be even higher than that because Windows 7 might sell more than 140 million times. The question is how much money did Microsoft loose because of their unsuccessful Vista campaign!