Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

We just posted our full review of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and we have some information to share regarding the final release versions of Microsoft. Thankfully, Microsoft has decided to trim down the number of versions of Windows that have existed for Vista and Windows 7. First off, the version of Windows for x86 and x64 (32-bit and 64-bit) processors would be called Windows 8. It comes in a standard Windows 8 flavour and a flavour with added functionality, Windows 8 Pro flavour. Microsoft mentions that the Pro version would suit “tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies”. It adds features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center would need to be purchased as a “media pack” to Windows 8 Pro. This effectively means that if you want to use Windows Media Center, you would need to purchase the costlier Windows 8 Pro and shell out some more money for the “media pack”. Microsoft has also announced Windows 8 Enterprise as a version of Windows for its enterprise customers. If you currently use Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows Vista Enterprise on your office PC, chances are that you would be able to experience the Windows 8 Enterprise version once your organisation’s IT department rolls it out. The Enterprise edition has all the features of the Windows 8 Pro edition, and adds in features that would help IT folk handle deployment and management of PCs at work.

Windows RT is the name Microsoft is giving to the version of Windows that would run on ARM-based computers, such as tablets and other low-powered computing devices that manufacturers release with Windows 8. This version of Windows cannot be purchased off the shelf; it can only be bought pre-installed on a computer, and it comes with versions of Microsoft Office applications (only Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote have been stated at this time) that have been specifically made for ARM-based computers. Apart from that, these computers would be unable to run traditional Windows Desktop applications. A table with a list of the basic differences between Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT is available at the source link below.

Via: The Verge

Source: Blogging Windows

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