Microsoft today released its latest Windows iteration, worldwide. The new version has been warmly received by testers and moves the company away from Vista, which is seen as disappointing in both performance and sales.
“With Windows 7, there’s never been a better time to be a PC,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together with our partners, we’re bringing more choice, flexibility and value to the market than ever before. With Windows 7, you’re sure to find a PC that fits your life.”
There is a choice of three versions for consumers: Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Equipment builders can also opt to include Windows 7 Starter Edition for lower-powered computers such as netbooks or set-top boxes. In order to run certain programs built for Windows XP, the Professional or Ultimate version is required.
Most of the new features of Windows 7 centre around media capabilities such as handling video, photos and music. The operating system also makes it easier to network PCs together and brings better touch-screen integration for new laptops.
Upgrade pricing ranges from $129 for the Home Ultimate upgrade to $279 for Windows 7 Ultimate version.