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#1 OFFLINE   Corrine

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

In short, there will be two x86/64 versions of Windows 8, simply Windows 8 and Windows Pro.  There will also be Windows RT which is Windows on ARM or WOA.

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First, Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, as we’ve referred to it previously. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.  For more details on WOA, we suggest reading this blog post which shares more detail on how we have been building Windows 8 to run on the ARM architecture.

The chart at Announcing the Windows 8 Editions breaks down a starter list of key features by edition and upgrade path.
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#2 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

Very nice ... finally just 3 versions! Now that is great news! :clap2:
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#3 OFFLINE   Temmu

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:33 PM

i agree, fewer versions = good news.
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#4 OFFLINE   goretsky

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:44 AM

Hello,

Another version, Windows 8 Enterprise, will be available to businesses.

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#5 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:14 PM

ah, ok ... 4 then...sigh... :w00tx100: :bangin: :ph34r: :th_0140:
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#6 OFFLINE   Corrine

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

I intentionally did not mention the Enterprise version since it not available for general use.  It is specifically for enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus specific PC management tools.
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#7 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:35 PM

Ah, ok, so only 3 that are available for the general public. That's more like it.

The Enterprise version you would have to contact Microsoft directly or one of their representatives via their IT Dept to get those anyway.
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#8 OFFLINE   Corrine

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:34 PM

Correct and Windows RT will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors.  Thus, unless getting a new PC/tablet powered by ARM processor, its only two -- either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.
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#9 OFFLINE   LilBambi

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:36 PM

Much more manageable!
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