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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 Unlimited

Original Source: http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-editions-features-comparison/

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.

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