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Choose your OS if you can


Time was when Windows was Windows was Windows. Just like OS X is OS X and comes in one consumer flavour. I was astounded, therefore, to see this article in Engadget discussing the nine versions of Windows available in the Windows 8 beta. Windows 7 had only six retail versions. Here is the list unearthed by Engadget:

  • Windows 8 Starter
  • Windows 8 Home Basic
  • Windows 8 Home Premium
  • Windows 8 Professional
  • Windows 8 Professional Plus
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Enterprise Eval
  • Windows 8 Ultimate
  • Windows 8 ARM edition

All this proliferation highlights the fundamental difference between Microsoft and Apple. For Microsoft, Windows is the business, where MS makes most of its money. There is a vested interest in adding layers of complexity, selling additional features at a premium and encouraging upgrades.  I now know why it is we find buying a Mac such a straightforward and refreshing experience.


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