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Windows 7: Microsoft Considering Country Specific Editions Of Windows 7

26 Nov 2008   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Considering Country Specific Editions Of Windows 7

Microsoft Considering Country Specific Editions Of Windows 7
November 24th, 2008


Many Windows Vista users feel that Microsoft did release to many different editions of the operating system which made it harder for consumers to pick the right product. Even though not all editions were available to anyone it still meant that consumers had the choice among several Windows Vista editions from Windows Vista Basic to Windows Vista Ultimate.

Microsoft on the other hand does not seem to be bothered as much as the consumers are. German news mag Winfuture is reporting that Microsoft is considering to sell country specific editions of Windows 7 in order to make it easier for them to pick the right product. A customer from Germany or France would then buy Windows 7 editions that have been translated to his language. According to the magazine this is just one possible line of thought.

First reactions are quite negative though because it would increase the Windows 7 editions tremendously. The computer magazine is also reporting that Microsoft is having plans to rename some of the editions of Windows 7 to make it easier for consumers to distinguish between the editions. A strong rumor is the reintroduction of a professional edition of Windows 7.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2008   #2


Oh come on MS, really
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2008   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I sure hope not.
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26 Nov 2008   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Yes it does sound as if it may get even more confusing for less knowledgable among us.

Later Ted
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2008   #5

Windows 10 Workstation x64

This is such a bad idea.

Come on Microsoft, keep things simple.
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26 Nov 2008   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Seems their 'think tank' needs a think tank.
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26 Nov 2008   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

It might be a way of stopping people from being able to activate pirated copies off the net, if the versions are regional maybe they can not be activated outside of that region and maybe there might even be a different set of activation keys for each region.

Although this might be confusing to allot people who want to download pirated copies, it wont have as much of a impact on the normal consumer who will only see the relevant issues available to purchase.

The different versions of Vista have now been established and if they keep to the same sort of labeling that should reduce confusion even more, I know what I will be getting Ultimate x64.

IMO I think that having regional versions may be a good way to ensure that more people will actually be purchasing their software through legitimate outlets, so in Microsoft's eyes this would be a good thing, I am sure we are all very aware how bad piracy is on the net these days and they need to control it or at least reduce it somehow.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2008   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

This is ridiculous.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2008   #9
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

That is quite a lot of one liner attacks! What are you guys finding so hard in the concept. Mr. Grim comes up favoutably and with a good theory, although mayb a little off thread.
In the country where I live, Denmark. the use of the native language is quite strongly felt, and is quite alien to most other Words languages. Ultimat, for example, bears nu resemblance in Danish. I see no harm, if that is where Microsoft wish to go, in their idea.
As the editions are already available in those various, and multitudinous, world languages, I presume they are only talking about the packaging and the titles thereon.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Nov 2008   #10

Windows 10 Pro X64 Insider Preview (Skip Ahead) latest build

While it does seem ridiculous to begin with, I think it would be easier to have the OS ask which languages you want available at install time an then install those language packs only - of example, when I first installed Ultimate, and performed my very first Windows Update, there were something like 20+ language packs available to download as optional downloads. I foolishly attempted to DL one of them and install it - and 4 hours later killed the machine and formatted and reinstalled.

Either they are gonna have to put it on a couple of Blu-Ray discs to accommodate the different languages, or else they are going to have to figure out another way of easily manipulating translations....

You gotta remember, not only English speaking, reading and writing folks use computers. That, in and of itself, presents the problem.
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