Although early noises from Microsoft indicated that Windows 8 would be released in a single, one-size-fits-all configuration, it has been recently discovered that there could be six different releases.

In an age when Microsoft has been attempting to improve its public face and deliver more streamlined and effective applications, this has come not so much as a surprise but as a disappointment.

ZDNet’s recent report reveals that there are 6 SKUs listed in documentation on the HP website, something that might be nothing more than a vague list of placeholders… or suggest something a bit more Vista-like. After all, if any third party is going to know what is in offer in Windows 8, it’s HP.

Actually, comparisons to the most unpopular Microsoft OS yet are unfair. However, the existence of specific versions for different architectures harks back to previous releases. With Windows 8 we have dual releases for each user type:

Microsoft Windows 8 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 Edition

While Mac OS X is still issued as a single, straightforward and low-cost operating system, it seems increasing analogous of Microsoft to persist with 32-bit versions,  never mind different releases for home, business and professionals.