In the light of the recent news about the SKUs for Windows 7 which will consist of Starter, Home Premium, Professional,
and Ultimate. Microsoft has also decided to do away with the Ultimate Extras for Windows 7. Because the lack of notable
features that Ultimate Extras brought to Windows Vista and with the added criticism they made the right choice in my opinion. The features brought by the Ultimate Extras simply were not worth the added cost to Ultimate. Bit Locker type applications are out for XP and Vista so why exactly pay $400 for a ‘exclusive feature’ that is added when it should either be in the OS anyway or can be inferior to 3rd party applications. Honestly I think I got fed up with it when the only things that were being released were Sound Packs, Dream Scenes, and very boring games like Ticker. So why exactly would one even want to pay that kind of money for such poor add on’s?
So it begs to differ..what exactly is Windows 7 Ultimate going to offer? What will set it apart from the other two versions that merit its price tag? The whole point of Ultimate and Ultimate Extras were that you got additional ‘treats’ for having dished out more money for the exclusive version of the OS. I really think if they had looked out for the long term they probably wouldn’t have went with this solution. Nothing was wrong with the Home/Pro versions. It actually made it quite simple. I guess in some ways it could be a blessing but far more questions arise than answers.
As the stream of photo’s comes in here are the initial batch of Windows 7 screenshots. More as the day unfolds.
- Home group – This feature allows you to connect pc’s to your network at home and them instantly connect with the other clients within your network. Including cell phones, printers, scanners, shares. All seamlessly connected.
- Taskbar – As most of you noticed through the actual PDC video coverage that the taskbar has changed dramatically from Windows XP and Vista. In fact, the Windows 7 team has made it more useful by taking the grouping mechanism in Vista and going a step further by bunching the tasks in one icon and making them appear similar to how OSX stack feature works.
- Ribbon – This really isn’t anything new but for those of you who are new to Windows 7 the Ribbon that is all too familiar in Office 2007 is now making its way into Paint and WordPad to add more functionality and update them for a more modern use.
- Themes – You can pretty much customize your theme settings anyway you want. Do you want glass and different colors and effects? Go right ahead! How bout classic but with your touch…you can do that too now with the restructured Windows 7 Themes
As the changes continue to report in from reporters I will add to this. But according to Sinofsky, the pre beta build will be stripped down so some of the features possibly demoed will not necessarily be in the Windows 7 build given out to attendees. More as it becomes Available.
Ok so here are some links for tomorrow’s keynote which will unveil Windows 7 for the first time:
Keynote – Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell
Tuesday, October 28 8:30-10:30am PST
There will also be coverage by many of the community favorites like Rafael, Tom Warren, Steven Chapman and Paul Thurrot. So keep your eyes on those respective places as I also bring coverage of PDC here.