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Windows Vista™ Editions

Windows Vista is designed to dramatically improve the computing experience of every kind of PC user—from people at home who use their PCs for simple web browsing, to business people who must organize and act on large volumes of data, to scientists who routinely perform complex mathematical analysis. To make sure that everyone has an offering tailored to meet their specific needs, Microsoft will deliver five different editions of Windows Vista. Each edition is focused on the needs of a specific type of person. Large organizations with complex IT infrastructures should consider Windows Vista Enterprise Edition.

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Windows Vista Editions - General Overview

Vista Home Basic

Vista Home Premium

Vista Business

Vista Ultimate

Vista Home Basic will suite your basic home needs such as E-Mail, Instant Messaging and Internet Access. Doesn't include Aero™ Desktop interface or Media Center to watch TV.

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Vista Home Premium is for homes with advanced computer needs. It has the new Aero desktop interface. You can view and share photos, watch TV, play videos, movies, music, games and more.

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Vista Business will meet the needs of business organizations of all sizes. It comes with the new Aero interface, built-in malicious software protection and large document management.

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Vista Ultimate makes it easy for you to remotely connect to any business network. It has all the entertainment features of Vista Home Premium and is ideal at the office, on the road or at home.

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Windows Vista Editions And Their Features

Features Home Basic Home Premium Business Ultimate
Most Secure Windows Ever
Comes with Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.
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Quickly Find What You Need
Using Instant Search And Windows Internet Explorer 7.
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Elegant Windows Aero Desktop Experience
With Windows Flip 3D Navigation.
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Best Choice For Notebook And Laptop Users
With Windows Mobility Center and Tablet PC Support.
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Collaborate And Share Documents
Using Windows Meeting Space.
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Extend Windows Vista
To Secondary Displays & Devices With Windows SideShow.
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Experience Photos And Entertainment
In Your Living Room With Windows Media Center
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Enjoy Windows Media Center
Throughout Your Entire Home With Media Center Extenders.
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Easily Create Photo And Video DVDs
Using The New Windows DVD Maker.
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Easily Create High Definition Movies
Using Windows Movie Maker In High Definition.
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Have More Fun On Your PC With Three New Games
Playing Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans And Inkball.
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Help Protect Against Hardware Failures
With Windows Complete PC Backup And Restore.
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Windows Fax and Scan
Send And Receive Faxes Or Scan Documents And Images.
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Use Scheduled and Network Backup
To Automatically Backup All Your Files.
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Easier Remote Access For Your Business
Connect Easily With Remote Desktop Connection.
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Enjoy Easier Networking Connectivity
Stay connected With Network And Sharing Center.
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Secure And Better Protect Your Data
Against Loss With Windows BitLocker™ Drive Encryption.
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Windows Vista Starter Edition

Note: Microsoft also released another edition known as Windows Vista Starter Edition, which is designed for older machines with slow processors. This release allows users to benefit from the extra security features, but comes with a sacrifice to graphics. This edition does not contain the Aero Desktop.

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