I think the most stupid thing, Microsoft ever did was coming out with various flavors of Windows Vista. The idea was right that different flavors for different needs, however it just didn’t sound too good to people as it confused them and eventually there was more and more booing around.
One fact that I love about Windows XP is that Microsoft kept pretty simple strategy with it and they only had 2 main versions of it i.e. Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition. As reported by WinFuture, a German Magazine, Windows 7 may be coming up in various flavors that will be customized according to the country you are in. For e.g. if you are in France, you’ll get French version of Windows 7 and if you are in Germany then you’ll get German version of Windows 7.
I wonder that why exactly Microsoft is again creating the confusion? Why don’t they keep it in simplest of way and that is if they can come up with only two version or maximum three versions and let the users decide that which locale they are interested in and that they can setup the whole thing while installing Windows 7.
The possible reasons of this move are –
1. To stop the piracy – I highly doubt this as a simple search on Torrents will give all the possible versions of Windows 7 and it won’t matter if they are in X language.
2. To reduce the size of installation – Well, Windows 7 comes in a DVD and takes a lot of space. I think, it should be available in such a way that all the languages are present in the DVD and when a person chooses a different language or a specific country where English isn’t that common then it should install that particular version and not the English version of Windows 7.
What are you thoughts on the same? Do you think Microsoft’s idea of coming up with various editions of Windows 7 is good or how about this statement “I give a damn!, I’m going to install that free Windows 7 anyway” ?
Update – Good guys at Windows 7 news have found out that Microsoft may be coming up with a flavor called Windows 7 Small Business Edition.