As I was browsing my RSS feeds in Outlook I came across a post from Jon Box who is an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism with the Microsoft Corporation.
He has a terrific post that talks about the features you can expect in the various versions of Windows 7.
He starts off with this graphic to show how each version builds to the next one:
As you can see above each successive version adds to the features of the version before it until ultimately (pun intended) you get to Windows 7 Ultimate which has all of the features of the 4 previous versions.
In his post he mainly focuses on the last three versions – here is what he says about them:
- Aero Glass & advanced Window navigation
- Windows Touch (Multi-touch and handwriting support) Video demo, More here
- Windows Media Center
- Internet Explorer 8: Web slices, accelerators, InPrivate Browsing
- Domain Join (Step-By-Step Guide)
- Group Policy Controls (More)
- Location Aware Printing
- Encrypting File System
- Advanced Backup (First Look)
- Offline Folders (more)
- transparent caching, background sync for offline files
- Remote Desktop Host (More)
- Windows Mobility Center: Presentation Mode
Windows 7 Home Premium
In addition to the features of Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, this edition includes:
Windows 7 Professional
Contains all features in Windows 7 Home Premium and also includes these features:
Windows 7 Enterprise
In addition to the features of Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional, this edition includes (Some features require Windows Server 2008 R2):
Of course as we have already heard – no special stuff for the Ultimate version like there was in Windows Vista Ultimate although I would not mind seeing some of those games make their way to Windows 7!
I am not sure about you all but I am getting very excited about Windows 7. I continue to believe that this is going to like Windows XP was to Windows ME – a huge success.