Windows 8 Update – Microsoft reveal final Windows 8 name and number of editions – 5


Windows 8 Metro

In a new blog post today on the Windows Team blog, Microsoft have finally shed light on both the final name for Windows 8 and what the different SKU’s for Windows will be.

Let’s start with the name:

Drumroll…… Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.

Thank God. That would have been awkward for a blog named if they changed the name huh?

Next, there will be 5 versions of Windows 8.

  1. Windows 8
  2. Windows 8 pro
  3. Windows 8 Local Language
  4. Windows 8 RT
  5. Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8

This will be a version of Windows 8 designed for x86/x64 editions of Windows. This will be the base version of Windows 8 and will probably be more than enough for the average consumer.

Windows 8 Pro

This will also be a version of Windows 8 designed for x86/x64 editions of Windows.

According to Microsoft –

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 8 Local Language Editions

These are going to be versions of Windows 8 designed for a small subset of emerging markets and China. This is consistent with the leaks we saw from a while ago.

Windows 8 RT or Windows RT

This is the version of Windows 8 that was formerly known as WOA or Windows on ARM. This will be a single edition that will be pre-installed on devices powered by ARM processors.

Note – Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. – Interesting – seems like the versions of Office will be limited on Windows 8 RT. At least we can put to bed the fact that Office will be included.

This is the version of Windows 8 dedicated to running the new fancy web enabled Metro apps.

Windows 8 Enterprise

Of course Windows 8 Enterprise will be part of the family. This version of Windows 8 will be quote:

specifically for those enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios.

The chart below breaks down the features by edition.

windows 8 editions chart

windows 8 editions chart

This is fantastic news as it adds a lot of clarity to the Windows 8 landscape.

Stay tuned for more…

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