Windows 8 Coming in only 2 Flavors : Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Windows for ARM will be Windows RT

Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro

This came in as a total surprise with Microsoft taking a entirely new approach towards the way editions were built for Windows. So this time instead of 4 or 6 types of edition, Microsoft is launching only two types of editions in Windows 8  and Windows 8 Pro where the pro version has BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, Boot from VHD, Client Hyper-V, Domain Join, Encrypting File System, Group Policy and Remote Desktop (host). This is aimed directly towards Business Class.

This means Microsoft is differentiating between two types of users, Consumer and Business which gives more features to consumer now compared to the previous edition system of Windows which is exciting news for all.

Windows  on ARM ( Not Windows 8 on ARM )

Now if, you are wondering what is happening to Windows 8 for tablets or ARM based Windows , it’s now officially named as Windows RT which will have only one type, heavily optimized for tablets which in turn will deliver exceptional battery life, touch optimized version of Office, cloud enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.

Windows 8 RT Not business ready ?

Apart from this Windows RT will be missing a couple of features like Storage Space, Windows Media Player and all the features of Windows 8 Pro. I am not sure why Domain Joining is not available for Windows RT without which it cannot be used in Enterprise. As a matter of fact, Windows RT is missing all the Windows 8 Pro feature like making it not available for business.

Windows Media Player :

Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. This happened because Microsoft needs to pay license cost to Dolby Labs and other codec providers.

Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro vs Windows RT

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

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

This is a comparison chart which was posted on Windows 8 team Blog. If you have any question or comments, post it to the official blog or here. As of now there is no update on Pricing factor of Windows 8 which we might not see, till last quarter of this year around October which is the usual time for Windows release.

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