Windows 8 Editions Announced

Microsoft today unveiled the different Windows 8 versions that will be available:

For PC’s and tablets: Windows 8 and Windows Pro, in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

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. Source: Announcing the Windows 8 Editions

Windows RT, formerly known as Windows on ARM or WOA, will be a lightweight edition running only on PC’s and tablets powered by ARM processors.

Windows 8 Enterprise will also be available for those customers with software assurance agreements, it will have all the features of Windows 8 pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more.