Microsoft will be getting rid of the different “images” of the Windows operating system by releasing one version of Windows Vista with every feature on one DVD release. Before you start jumping up and down, though (how many times have I told you not to do that), keep reading…it’s not going to be as light on your wallets as you might think.
For, you see, Microsoft will be releasing only one Vista version but features that would only be available with a Pro/Media Center/Tablet PC edition of Windows will only be available when you “unlock” them.
So, for instance, you can purchase Windows Vista for “x” amount of dollars but you’ll have to fork over an additional “x” amount of dollars for “Pro” features or “x” amount of dollars for Tablet functionality. Of course, once you acquire Vista, you can just plop down “x” amount of dollars and get every Windows feature known to man…even a screensaver featuring video of Microsoft CEO cursing Google and throwing a chair across his office. That’s just a rumor, though.
One of the biggest ramifications, though, of this whole new process is the fact that Microsoft partners and resellers will be feeling a little bit of a hit. For example, a reseller would be able to sell you Microsoft Windows Vista but any upgrades that you’re going to buy will be purchased directly through Microsoft’s site.
That’s basically all of the details in a nutshell but you can find a more well-written, polished article at Pro-networks.org.