Key Features: Windows 8 Coming In 4 Editions

There’s still no official release date for Windows 8, but Microsoft’s next major operating system Windows 8 will be available in four editions – Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Enterprise and Windows RT.

On April 16, 2012, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be available in three main editions, of which the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will be available for retail sale to consumers in most countries.The other editions are not available in retail.

The new Windows RT edition is only available preinstalled by OEMs on ARM based tablets and PCs and the Enterprise edition only by volume licensing.

The different editions of Windows 8 have been designed and marketed toward people with different needs. Out of the different editions (Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise), the Windows 8 edition has been designed for normal home users, Pro for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals and Enterprise for larger businesses and corporations.

Windows RT is the edition that will appear on ARM based devices however the name has generated some controversy.

Windows 8 Editions Key features

Windows 8 Editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Enterprise and Windows RT

The below chart breaks down key features by all 4 edition of Windows 8 OS

Key Features Windows 8 Windows RT Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 Enterprise
Availability
Retail
OEM Only
Retail
Enterprise Only
Processor support
x86-64
ARM
x86-64
x86-64
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium
x
x
x
Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate
x
x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles
x
x
x
x
Windows Store
x
x
x
x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)
x
x
x
x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
x
Internet Explorer 10
x
x
x
x
Device encryption
x
Connected standby
x
x
x
x
Microsoft account
x
x
x
x
Desktop
x
x
x
x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software
x
x
x
Updated Windows Explorer
x
x
x
x
Windows Defender
x
x
x
x
SmartScreen
x
x
x
x
Windows Update
x
x
x
x
Enhanced Task Manager
x
x
x
x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)
x
x
x
x
Better multiple monitor support
x
x
x
x
Storage Spaces
x
x
x
Windows Media Player
x
x
x
Exchange ActiveSync
x
x
x
x
File history
x
x
x
x
ISO / VHD mount
x
x
x
x
Mobile broadband features
x
x
x
x
Picture password
x
x
x
x
Play To
x
x
x
x
Remote Desktop (client)
x
x
x
x
Reset and refresh your PC
x
x
x
x
Snap
x
x
x
x
Touch and Thumb keyboard
x
x
x
x
Trusted boot
x
x
x
x
VPN client
x
x
x
x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
x
x
Boot from VHD
x
x
Client Hyper-V
x
x
Domain Join
x
x
Encrypting File System
x
x
Group Policy
x
x
Remote Desktop (host)
x
x
Advanced features for IT organisations (deployment, virtualisation, security)
x

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