NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft has announced all the versions of Windows 8. But what do would-be owners need to know about the platform? This time Microsoft will be offering four different versions of Windows 8 to serve consumers, small businesses, enterprises and users of devices running ARM processors.
but surely, Microsoft is releasing details on its upcoming operating system
launch, Windows 8. The company has already announced that the OS will support
ARM processors, come with a new design, and play a key role in both tablets and
touch-enabled laptops. Furthermore, Microsoft says Windows 8 will be launching
sometime this year, though the exact release date (and price) has yet to be
on April 16, the software giant offered up a new piece of information:
the many different versions of Windows 8 that will be launching later this year
As expected, Microsoft will be delivering two versions of Windows 8 for
consumers and tech enthusiasts as well as an ARM-based option, called Windows 8
RT. An enterprise-only solution comes with the appropriate Windows 8 Enterprise
the branding is just one small piece of the puzzle. Now that the various
Windows 8 versions have been announced, both consumers and enterprise users
want to know what they'll find in each offering to determine which will best
suit their needs.
on to find out everything you need to know about Windows 8's four versions:
1. Windows 8 is all consumers really need
on the sheer number of features available in Windows 8, it doesn't appear that
consumers will need the Pro version of the software. The platform comes with
the standard features one would expect to find in Windows 8, plus Windows Media
Player, Internet Explorer 10, Windows Store, among other options.
2. Windows 8 Pro is a must-have for smaller
operating smaller businesses shouldn't even waste their time with the entry-level
Windows 8. Instead, those companies should buy Windows 8 Pro, a version that
comes with all the features found in the standard operating system offering but
also with key features such as BitLocker, Client Hyper-V and Encrypting File
3. Windows 8 RT lacks key features
8 RT is the version based on ARM
a key addition to the Windows ecosystem.
However, a look at the features included in the RT option might turn some
customers off. For one thing, it doesn't come with Windows Media Player. In
addition, Microsoft's Storage Space, which provides storage management via a
virtualized layer, won't be coming to the RT option. But perhaps the biggest
issue with Windows RT is that it won't allow for the installation of x86/64 and
desktop software. The other options, of course, will.
4. Windows 8 Enterprise is the go-to for
Microsoft didn't fully detail what will be coming in the Windows 8 Enterprise
version, chances are it will deliver every single feature available to
customers. And as the company points out, that should make it the only suitable
option for enterprises that have Software Assurance agreements. Windows 8
Enterprise will basically be Windows 8 Pro with additional features, like PC
management and deployment and virtualization.