Microsoft: Plan to Sell Windows 8, Editions Revealed

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According to Microsoft, the next version of Windows will be named “Windows 8”. Below is the overview for each Windows 8 editions.

Windows 8

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There are three main editions. First, the Windows 8, which include everything most consumers will need for a typical PC. Windows 8 will run on PCs (both 32- and 64-bit) and include Metro apps like Internet Explorer and the Xbox Live hub to the picture password tricks that Microsoft is so proud of. A much improved multi-monitor support, adding more variety to background images that extend across multiple displays.

Second, the Windows 8 Pro this version is meant for businesses, developers and “tech enthusiasts.” It adds many business-friendly features, including the ability to encrypt your file system, domain connectivity and booting from a virtual hard drive. For those users with a Media Center PC, you’ll need the Pro edition, but you’ll also need a “media pack” add-on. Media pack add-on is not available for regular Windows 8.

Third on the list is the Windows RT. It will run on most tablet devices (the RT stands for “run time”). These products are intended to be end-to-end devices. Windows RT includes free version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) and device encryption as well.

Lastly, Windows 8 Enterprise, which includes all the Windows 8 Pro features and adds some extra goodies for IT professionals, it can manage a network (or multiple networks) of PCs, employ advanced security and account for “new mobility scenarios.”

  • Windows 8, for most consumers.
  • Windows 8 Pro, for enthusiasts or businesses.
  • Windows RT, which is what you get installed on a Windows tablet.
  • Media Pack, an add-on for Windows 8 Pro that turns your machine into a Media Center PC.
  • Windows 8 Enterprise, for Pros.
  • Local-language Windows 8, for China users or other “select” markets.
Watch the Windows 8 Consumer Preview 


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