Windows 7 Feature Comparisons
I know this post is a bit off topic, but on a personal note we had a laptop die and we were deciding whether to go with a fully fledged laptop or a netbook, since my partners needs are simply email, Facebook and Microsoft Office functionality.
Battery life was also a key consideration, as well as being small and light.
So a netbook seemed like the obvious choice, but the nerd in me just has a niggley feeling that they are just too underpowered for that occasional YouTube visit etc…
So on to the web for some research and came across this useful table about Windows 7 editions and some of the key differences.
|Windows 7 Starter (limited distribution)||Windows 7 Home Basic (emerging market only)||Windows 7 Home Premium||Windows 7 Professional||Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate|
|Broad application and device compatibility with up to three concurrent applications.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Safe, reliable, and supported.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Home Group makes it easy to share media, documents and printers across multiple PCs in offices without a domain.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Improved taskbar and JumpLists||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Live thumbnail previews and enhanced visual experience.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and Internet connection sharing).||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mobility Center is included.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Aero Glass and advanced windows navigation.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Easy networking and sharing across all your PCs and devices.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Windows Media Center||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Domain Join enables simple and secure server networking.||Yes||Yes|
|Encrypting File System protects data with advanced network backup.||Yes||Yes|
|Location Aware Printing helps find the right printer when moving between the office and home.||Yes||Yes|
|Remote Desktop Host||Yes||Yes|
|BitLocker prevent loss or theft of data.||Yes|
|BitLocker To Go protects data on removable devices.||Yes|
|DirectAccess links users to corporate resources from the road without a virtual private network (VPN).||Yes|
|BranchCache makes if faster to open files and Web pages from a branch office.||Yes|
|AppLocker easily restricts unauthorized software and enables greater security.||Yes|
|MUI multiple languages support.||Yes|
|Boot from VHD disk image.||Yes|
|Maximum running applications||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
Microsoft Windows 7 Edition Comparison (Click the feature comparison tab): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare
In the end we decided to go with a middle ground laptop (Acer Aspire One) with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed, but it was certainly interesting to know what the different Windows products offer.
I think working for a Gold Partner we get a little spoilt by the latest and greatest, therefore these things can often get overlooked.
Anyway, off to start the day… till the next time.