Windows 8 is about to be released in Market soon.It would be available in various editions that would help us decided to which one is the best for us to buy when we buy a Windows 8 PC or upgrade the existing one.
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are the two versions available for PC and tablets powered by x86 Processors (32 bit and 64bit). Windows 8 would be right choice for many consumers,where as Windows 8 Pro is designor you can say mainly targeted for Tech Enthusiasts and Business/Technical professionals.
In Windows 8 Pro,features like encryption,virtualization,PC management and domain connectivity would be there.Moreover Windows Media Center would be made available as Economical add-on pack for Windows 8 Pro users.
Another new member is added to Windows Family so called Windows RT.Its also known as Windows on ARM or WOA.This would be single edition OS,pre-installed on PC and tablets powered by ARM processors.Its specially designed thus helping new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life.
Windows RT would include touch-optimized desktop version of new Microsoft Word,Excel,PowerPoint and One Note.In the following chart,you can see which features are available in which version:
|Feature name||Windows 8||Windows 8 Pro||Windows RT|
|Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium|
|Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate||x|
|Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles||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|
|Installation of x86/64 and desktop software||x||x|
|Updated Windows Explorer||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|
|Windows Media Player||x||x|
|ISO / VHD mount||x||x||x|
|Mobile broadband features||x||x||x|
|Remote Desktop (client)||x||x||x|
|Reset and refresh your PC||x||x||x|
|Touch and Thumb keyboard||x||x||x|
|BitLocker and BitLocker To Go||x|
|Boot from VHD||x|
|Encrypting File System||x|
|Remote Desktop (host)||x|
So which version of Windows 8 you are going to buy ? Do let us know through comments.
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