The majority of customers will be best served by two primary editions of Windows 7:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium for consumers.
  • Windows 7 Professional for businesses.

The announcment highlighted some important aspects of the editions. First, editions of Windows 7 are a superset of one another. So as you upgrade from one version to the next, they keep all features and functionality from the previous edition. Windows 7 can run on a very broad set of hardware, from small-notebook PCs (sometimes referred to as netbooks) to full gaming desktops.

Windows 7 Home Premium is the recommended choice for consumers. It gives them a full-function PC experience and a visually rich environment in everything from the way they experience entertainment to the way they connect their devices.

Windows 7 Professional is the recommended choice for small businesses and for people who work at home but have to operate in an IT-managed or business environment where security and productivity are critical. For those running Windows Vista Business, it will be a very logical move to Windows 7 Professional.

There will also be editions that meet specific needs:

  • Enterprise edition for the largest enterprises.
  • Home Basic for emerging markets.
  • Starter edition will be limited to specific types of hardware.
  • Ultimate edition is designed for PC enthusiasts who “want it all”

For more information, see Windows 7 Lineup Offers Clear Choice for Consumers and Businesses.