Microsoft Plans to Offer Various Windows 10 Versions
Continuing its tradition of releasing multiple editions of its OS, Microsoft will offer different Windows 10 editions for device families and uses.Windows 10 will come in a variety of flavors when Microsoft releases the ambitious new operating system (OS) later this year, the company announced this week. "As in the past, we will offer different Windows editions that are tailored for various device families and uses," Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows and Search Marketing at Microsoft, said in a statement. "These different editions address specific needs of our various customers, from consumers to small businesses to the largest enterprises." Targeting consumers, Microsoft will release Windows 10 Home for PCs, tablets and convertible devices that includes the core Windows experience with a smattering of media and entertainment features. It will include the company's voice-enabled Cortana digital assistant, the new Edge Web browser and Windows Hello face-recognition technology. Bundled apps include updated versions of Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video. One new feature for Windows Home is Xbox integration. "We are also bringing the Xbox gaming experience to Windows 10, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community, enabling the capture and share of gameplay and giving Xbox One owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their home," Prophet said.
Aimed at small businesses, Windows 10 Pro will ship with enhanced data security and device management. "Windows 10 Pro also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis," Prophet said.