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Windows 8 preview hints versions get more complex, not less

updated 09:50 am EST, Fri March 2, 2012

Windows 8 may have up to nine editions

New digging in the recently launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview has suggested the number of versions could get more complicated. Windows 8 Beta found ten versions in the OS' registry, including an evaluation version of the enterprise copy, the necessary ARM edition, and a less clear Professional Plus.

Windows 7, by contrast, had six versions, all of which carry over to the Windows 8 code.

The preview is still several months away from the final launch and could see one or more versions culled, most likely the generic "prerelease" edition. HP has also leaked a possibly very simple lineup that might contradict Microsoft's software. Microsoft hasn't commented on the mentions.

If the registry reflects Microsoft's strategy, it hints at the company regressing from a promise to simplify Windows' range in the past few years. The complexity has been used as a frequent bullseye for criticism from Apple, which has had success with no more than two versions of OS X active at any given point.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. b9bot

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2008

    +10

    Even more ways to cheat you

    They've come up with even more ways to cheat you out of your money! Apple has 2 that will cost you less than $90. OSX Lion and server add-on which gives you the same functionality as all 10 versions of MS that will cost you thousands of $$$$$$$$$!!!

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +7

    apparently

    MS has learned NOTHING from Gil Amelio's tenure at Apple, when several slightly-different versions of the Mac were offered, thus creating customer confusion and frustration over which Mac they ought to purchase.

  1. The Vicar

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2009

    +3

    Why would they?

    Why would Microsoft learn from Gil Amelio's tenure at Apple? The situation is vastly different -- when Amelio was there, Apple had already lost nearly all their credibility, had practically no business market penetration, and they were never more than a niche in terms of market share. Microsoft still has an overwhelming majority of the business market, a majority of the overall market, and those two things give them credibility.

    Of course, they're still wrong to do this and they COULD learn from Amelio, but there's no overwhelming reason why they MUST.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +3

    dumb and dumber

    Pound harder on the nail on the coffin.

  1. kerryb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +4

    custom?

    I know manufacturers and service providers think we all want a vast variety of just about everything but in reality consumers have become numb to "customized just for you" sales pitch. Apple has led the charge making "high tech" into accessible "low tech" for just about everyone. The adoption of iOS devices has proven that easy is better. I think Microsoft is having a hard time getting its thinking out of the 1990's when computers were the domain of nerds and corporations. I can see making a nerd version of Windows and a consumer version but all the shade in between are confusing and leave consumers feeling that they may have chosen the wrong version, not a good way to treat your customers.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +4

    Lose-Lose

    "I can see making a nerd version of Windows and a consumer version but all the shade in between are confusing and leave consumers feeling that they may have chosen the wrong version, not a good way to treat your customers."

    - I agree with kerryb. Of course, the reality is that choosing ANY version of Windows is the wrong version.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    -4

    To be honest...

    I also would like Mac OSX comes with different flavor. The current version of Lion will eat up all of my RAM in my Mac Mini. It would be nice if there's a strip down version so it's not so CPU / RAM intensive.

  1. ricardogf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003

    +5

    Huh?

    Microsoft's motto: "If we can make it even more complicated, why not?"

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +1

    Microsoft marketing = clueless

    Gil Amelio? Microsoft never heard of him.

    Ginsu knives? Microsoft is all over that.

    As in "It slices, it dices!"
    As in "But wait, there's more!"
    As in "Now how much would you pay?"

  1. mac_in_tosh

    Junior Member

    Joined: Dec 2011

    +3

    cheat you out of money?

    > They've come up with even more ways to cheat you out of your money! Apple has 2 that will cost you less than $90.

    Come on now...I'm a Mac user but have you ever bought extra RAM from Apple?

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