Microsoft has released Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System for consumers. The two flagship products, which were released to business customers on November 30, 2006, will be available for consumers starting January 30, 2007, in retail stores across thirty countries.
Windows Vista with all its additional values and enhanced features is priced comparably with Windows XP. For example, Windows Vista Home Basic is priced the same as Windows XP Home. Genuine Windows Vista loaded PCs in India will retail at a starting price of Rs 22,000, while pricing for the Microsoft 2007 Office consumer editions starts at Rs 6,000. Windows Vista consumer editions The diverse consumer SKUs of Windows Vista include:
Windows Vista Ultimate:
It is the first operating system to bring together the full array of entertainment, mobility and business-oriented features available in Windows Vista.
.Windows Vista Home Premium (with Media Centre):
Windows Vista Home Premium will help consumers use mobile or desktop PC functionality more effectively while enabling the enjoyment of new, exciting digital entertainment experiences. Windows Vista Home Premium improves every aspect of digital entertainment experiences, including photos, video, TV, movies, music and games
.Windows Vista Home Basic:
Windows Vista Home Basic is designed for homes with basic computing needs, for consumers who want to simply use the PC to browse the Internet, correspond with friends and family through e-mail or perform basic document creation and editing tasks
.Windows Vista Starter Edition:
Microsoft is also making a basic version of Windows Vista available to first time home users in emerging markets. Windows Vista Starter is designed to empower families and entry-level PC users in these markets to experience the world of social and educational benefits that personal computer technology and the Internet makes possible.
Windows Vista – Minimum Hardware Requirements
A Windows Vista capable PC includes at least: .A modern processor (at least 800MHz1)
.512 MB of system memory
.A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable
2007 Office System consumer editions Microsoft 2007 Office System for consumers comprise the following editions:
.Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is the essential software suite for home computer users that enables users to quickly and easily create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and organize notes and information in one place, making it easier and more enjoyable for them to get things done.
.Microsoft Office Basic 2007: Office Basic 2007 provides software essentials for new personal computers, so both homes and small businesses can get tasks done more quickly and easily. Office Basic 2007 is the software suite that helps create great-looking documents and spreadsheets, and manage e-mail, calendar, and contacts efficiently. With a new streamlined user interface, enhanced graphics and formatting capabilities, new time management tools, and greater reliability, Office Basic 2007 makes it easier and more enjoyable for people to get things done at home or work.