Windows XP had two versions: home and business. While Windows Vista fragmented into five different versions. Windows 7 split six different versions; the number of discrete versions of Windows one can choose from has become a kind of joke. Between Home, Starter, Premium, Ultimate, and all the rest, it’s adequate to drive a person to buying a Mac instead, and now it seem Microsoft has at last solve the problem, and the upcoming Windows 8 will have only three flavors to pick from.
One of the Microsoft employees Brandon LeBlanc announced on Windowsstreamblog that windows 8 will come in three flavors
Today I would like to share information with you on the editions that will be available for “Windows 8″ when it is released to market. We have talked about Windows 8 as Windows reimagined, from the chipset to the user experience. This also applies to the editions available – we have worked to make it easier for customers to know what edition will work best for them when they purchase a new Windows 8 PC or upgrade their existing PC.
They are pleasingly easy to wrap your mind around :-
- Windows 8 for x86-based hardware like your average desktop or laptop; includes all features the average user will need, including both the new Metro interface and the original desktop look. Windows 8 version According to Microsoft was designed “to help tech fans and business/technical professionals obtain a wider set of Windows 8 technologies.”
- Windows 8 Pro for professionals, naturally, and businesses, this version bring some advance functionality like encryption, virtualization, and PC management. There is a variant of this specifically for enterprise called, obviously, Windows 8 Enterprise, but it’s not actually something home users can buy.
- Windows 8 RT Finally, there’s a distinct version, Windows RT , that is available only on devices using ARM processors. Windows RT will come preinstalled on these PCs and tablets and will include touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. RT also known as Windows on ARM, this version will be for devices like tablets that run on ARM processors. This is mainly for people who will only be using Windows on a tablet. RT stands for “RunTime,” denoting to the new Metro style and ecosystem.
Windows RT is, honestly, the most thrilling of all. It’s going to mean Windows on more devices than ever before and this is where Metro apps and the whole Metro experience for that matter—should really and truly shine.
The coming months should bring pricing and release date information, but you can try out the Operating system if you want by downloading the consumer preview of Windows 8.
Whereas this new lineup doesn’t reasonably offer the simplicity of Apple’s approach, it does at least cut down the number of choices as compared to Windows 7. For Windows 7, users presently have the choice between Home Premium, Professional and Ulti