There will be two general categories of Windows Vista editions, which map closely to the two that exist today for XP:
In the Home category, Microsoft will create four product editions:
- Windows Vista Starter Edition,
- Windows Vista Home Basic Edition,
- Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, and
- Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (previously known as "Uber" Edition).
- Windows Vista Small Business Edition,
- Windows Vista Professional Edition (previously known as Professional Standard Edition), and
- Windows Vista Enterprise Edition (previously known as Professional Premium Edition).
In all, there are seven product editions planned for Windows Vista (or nine, if you count the N Editions as being different - no Media Player). Note that all of these product names are placeholders for now: They could change before the final product is released. However, this breakdown of editions is current as of this week and is unlikely to change.
Might want to look at the comparison table...
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
Whole home entertainment and personal productivity throughout the home and on the go. As a true superset of Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition will include everything from Home Basic, as well as Media Center and Media Center Extender functionality (including Cable Card support), DVD video authoring and HDTV support, DVD ripping support (yes, you read that right), Tablet PC functionality, Mobility Center and other mobility and presentation features, auxiliary display support, P2P ad-hoc meeting capabilities, Wi-Fi auto-config and roaming, unified parental controls that work over multiple PCs, backup to network functionality, Internet File Sharing, Offline Folders, PC-to-PC sync, Sync Manager, and support for Quattro Home Server. Windows Vista Premium Edition is similar to XP Media Center Edition, except that it adds numerous other features and functionality, including Tablet PC support. My guess is that this will be the volume consumer offering in the Windows Vista timeframe (today, XP Pro is the dominant seller). This version is aimed at PC enthusiasts, multiple-PC homes, homes with kids, and notebook users.
The marketing message: Home Premium Edition turns it up a notch. In addition to the baseline functionality offered in Home Basic, this version focuses on such things as integrated entertainment (movies, memories, and more), mobility (media and productivity on the go), and connected living (connect with family, friends, and home). Home Premium Edition supplies whole-home entertainment and personal productivity throughout the home and on the go.