why are there so many varations of vista?

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Posted 11 years ago

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John Breakwell (ex MSFT), Currently working at a different company

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Hi Ken,

Taking the question at face value, the answer is "to provide customers with more choice." A number of people don't want all the features in Windows Vista and so don't want to pay for content they won't use. This applies to end users, corporates, OEM system builders, etc. There is no single edition of Windows Vista that would provide the features people want at the price point they are willing to pay. But, as you have found, with added versions comes complexity - hopefully the "Compare Windows Vista editions" web page (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wind...) helps reduce that.

I think, though, that there is more to your question than meets the eye. Is the range of options causing you problems? If so, could you please share what requirements you have for Windows Vista?

John Breakwell (MSFT)
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M3 Sweatt, Official Rep

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Also see the article, Comparing Windows Vista editions, by Walter Glenn, posted on the http://www.microsoft.com/windows site.