Well, one of the shoes I mentioned has dropped and I pretty much got this prediction right. We are down to the logical number of editions for Windows. The “new” one for ARM-based systems, mainstream Windows, Pro, and Enterprise. The one interesting difference from what I’d predicted was the creation of a media add-on pack of some kind, that apparently Microsoft will charge for. This resolves the problem that Media Center created which is that Microsoft has to license (i.e., pay for) Codecs and thus has tried various options for passing that cost on to consumers. Now instead of burdening an edition (Home Premium) with these costs, even though actual usage was low, they’ll apparently charge just those who want to use the feature for the Codecs.
The bottom line here is that things are a lot less confusing with nearly all individual decisions limited to the Windows vs Windows Pro choice. Personally I think most notebooks should have Windows Pro, while it is a little bit of a toss-up for traditional desktop computers. I’ll write more about this topic in the future.
Meanwhile I’m keeping my eyes open for more falling footwear.