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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Windows 7 Limited to 3 Applications at one Time

Microsoft has announced the various flavors of Windows 7.  As I had hoped Microsoft tried to reduce the confusion and say they will be concentrating most on their Home Premium and Ultimate versions. Apparently there will still be six official SKU’s which isn’t much of a reduction.

There’s no word yet on price but I suspect the Windows 7 Starter will be the under $100 USD version. I’m very surprised at a restriction of “3 concurrent applications” and anxious to find out how that works.  My first question to Microsoft is “Do programs like WinPatrol monitoring your system count as one application”? I suspect this feature will be getting a lot more attention in the press this week.

Microsoft said I can share the following information starting Feb 3 at noon PST.

Windows 7 Starter

  • Broad app and device compatibility with up to 3 concurrent applications
  • Safe, reliable, and supported
  • Ability to join a Home Group
  • Improved taskbar and JumpLists

Windows 7 Home Basic (emerging markets only)

  • Unlimited applications
  • Live Thumbnail Previews & enhanced visual experience
  • Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing)
  • Mobility Center

Windows 7 Home Premium

  • Unlimited applications
  • Aero Glass & advanced windows navigation
  • Easy networking & sharing across all your PCs & devices
  • Improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To
  • Multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition

Windows 7 Professional

  • Unlimited applications
  • Ability to join a managed network with Domain Join
  • Protect  data with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System
  • Print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing

Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate

  • Unlimited applications
  • BitLocker data protection on internal and external drives
  • DirectAccess provides seamless connectivity to your corporate network. 
    (requires Windows Server 2008 R2)
  • Decrease time branch office workers wait to open file across the network with BranchCache. (requires Windows Server 2008 R2)
  • Prevent unauthorized software from running with AppLocker

Ultimate includes all Enterprise and all Home Premium features, including multi-language packs.  Windows 7 Enterprise is available only through Microsoft Volume Licensing


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think the Twitter slug was a bit sensational?

"Windows 7 Limited to 3 Applications at a Time?"

The emerging markets version, the bottom-rung, Starter, will be limited to three applications at a time. However,this version is optimized for computers which derive their power source from a hand crank. For use in locations where running water, not a multi-client IM program, is a luxury.

How much multitasking can you do on a machine like that?

3:10 PM  
Blogger Corrine said...

I really think the idea for the Starter edition is for netbooks -- and to compete with Linux in that market.

See PressPass: Windows 7 Wins on Netbook PCs

4:16 PM  
Blogger McSimmons said...

You won't see Starter and Basic in the USA. If anything this layout of versions is a simplification over Vista. Home Premium and Professional will likely be the only versions users in the USA and other developed nations care about.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's not going alright..

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Windows 98osr2 on a 75 MHz Pentium
with 128 meg of RAM had that limit
;p. Uhm, no, I mean >8(.

Considering how many apps Windows is
I expect they'd be reasonable about
it, and would consider winpatrol.exe
and winpatrolEx.exe to be one app.
I also expect that they would have
a very large number of third party
apps that aren't counted (and that
it would not be cheap to be one of

Process viewer shows (PrcView.exe)
shows 49 apps here. About 16 are
Windows, and about five run very
essential parts of the motherboard.
Another 3? My printer won't work
without them. Now, let's count how
many my ISP requires for internet
Shawn T
Ohio, USA

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and those 49 apps are on Win XP
Pro SP3.
Shawn T,
Ohio USA.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMO, just start using Linux, Ubuntu 9 is out and its quite user friendly you find Open Office and Firefox in it, you can run all. You find all sorta servers in it, you find one click httpd in it, you find goddamn everything in Linux, why not use it and just leave the crap called Windoze!

12:34 PM  

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