Windows fragmentation

Linux is regularly accused of being too fragmented but Microsoft has its own minefield to navigate.

Windows fragmentation

One of the regular criticisms levelled against Linux is that with so many versions available the platform is “fragmented”. The idea is that because there are so many “distributions” of Linux, users will be confused and unsure of which to pick.

Microsoft’s Windows, on the other hand, is often seen as a unified offering with no complications. Unless you really dig into it. In which case there are not just one or two versions of Windows (and Windows Mobile) but literally a dozen.

On the desktop Microsoft has a list of six different versions available, excluding upgrade editions. Most of them are available as individual licence editions but the Enterprise edition is available under volume licensing only. The desktop editions are:

Desktop

  1. Windows 7 Starter – The edition with the fewest features;
  2. Windows 7 Home Basic – A version available for emerging markets;
  3. Windows 7 Home Premium – The standard home user-focused edition of Windows;
  4. Windows 7 Professional – More features for enthusiasts and small business owners;
  5. Windows 7 Enterprise – Aimed at the enterprise market and sold through volume licensing only; and
  6. Windows 7 Ultimate – A version of Windows 7 Enterprise but available to users as individual licenses.

Mobile

On the mobile front Microsoft also has a good handful of editions, six in fact.

  1. Windows Mobile 6.x – The remaining Windows Mobile edition;
  2. Windows Phone 7 – The newer smartphone-focused OS that has been so long in the coming;
  3. Kin Phone OS – A version of Windows Phone 7 for the Kin phones;
  4. Windows Embedded Handheld – The newest edition to the lineup for the Motorola enterprise digital assistant;
  5. Windows Embedded Standard – An OS focused on TVs, set-top boxes and kiosks; and
  6. Windows Embedded Compact 7 – A still-to-be-released version of Windows 7 for slates and tablets.

Which, excluding upgrades and versions of Windows XP, brings Microsoft’s tally to a round dozen. Which is  why Steve Ballmer’s recent criticism of Google’s two-OS strategy is a little like the pot calling the kettle black.

Windows fragmentation << comments and views

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you use Yahoo as your primary search engine?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

New maths “pass mark” for South Africa is 20%

Maths student

The “pass mark” for Grades 7 to 9 taking mathematics has been lowered to 20%, according to a report by CapeTalk.

SABC walkout disgusting – ANC chief whip

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu has said that the walkout staged by an SABC delegation during a parliamentary inquiry into its board was “disgusting”.

Amazon’s best-selling books of 2016

E-reader surrounded by books

Amazon has announced its best-selling books of the year.

New Vodacom uncapped fibre deals – all the details you need to know

Vodacom logo on wall

Vodacom has detailed what its fair use policies are for its new uncapped fibre packages, along with the relevant once-off and installation fees.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×