Join Matt Hester for an in-depth discussion in this video Windows 10 versions, part of Learning Windows 10 Deployment with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013.
- When you're looking to Windows 10 you have to understand what are the different versions that we have for Windows 10. And in fact, Windows 10 actually has seven versions that you can actually use and leverage in your organizations and businesses. In reality, you're only gonna have to worry about four when you talk about deployment methodologies, but we'll talk briefly about all seven versions that we have of Windows 10. Now the great thing about the versions of Windows that we have is that they build on top of each other. So everything that you have inside of Home you'll find in the next version which is Pro. Well, let's talk about Windows 10 Home.
Now, Windows 10 Home definitely provides some really familiarity, so users that may not have liked the Windows 8 interface, Windows brings back some important things like the Start menu for our users that you had in your organizations. Edge browser, so we have an additional browser including Internet Explorer you can still download any of your other favorite browsers you might want. But if you're new to Windows 10, I would definitely give Edge a try before you try some of those other browsers, but really that's up to user preference. We have up to date with the latest security features, and really Windows 10 from the ground up really has security in mind. And when you think about the day and age that we live in today, having a really good operating system secure from the core up really helps keeps your users safe.
But Windows 10 is definitely geared toward the consumers and end users that you might be dealing with, so you're probably not gonna find this inside of businesses or organizations, for the main reason it can't join an active directory domain, so we don't have some of those key benefits of being in a business or an enterprise. The next version of Windows 10 is Windows 10 Pro, not Professional, but Windows 10 Pro. And Windows 10 Pro enhances Windows Home by giving it some management devices and apps, we can be part of an active directory domain, we have better remote and mobile scenarios with Windows 10, we have a lot of abilities to work those devices as they travel inside and outside of your organizations that we have.
Update quality confidence, there's better updates coming in from this Windows service. Not that the Home doesn't get updates, but we can deliver them a little better with the Pro scenario that we have. These are designed for small and midsize business, and it really depends on what your organization wants. The next version, Windows 10 Enterprise, really does some great things to enhance what we saw inside of Pro, but we have better advanced security inside of organizations, we have the ability to really work with controlling how users can work with the environment. Better device management, better app management, and we have the ability to do workplace join and direct access, be able to make sure that the users that come into our environment from a mobile scenario are very secure inside of here.
One important thing about Windows 10 Enterprise though is that it's not a part of the free upgrade offer. Matter of fact, Windows 10 is only available via the volume licensing agreements you may have with Microsoft. So it's not one of the ones that's available via a free upgrade, but most companies might have software assurance which will essentially give them that version of Windows 10, but check with your licensing specialists to make sure what you can get from Windows 10. A couple other things that come with that software assurance is Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack with SA, which provides a whole nother set of desktop capabilities and group policy capabilities.
As you might suspect, Windows 10 you're gonna find it into the mid to large size enterprise organizations, and it's really geared to be successful that most organizations will run Windows 10 Enterprise. The fourth main version of Windows 10 is Education. The Windows 10 Education version, it has all the features of Windows 10 Enterprise, so does essentially the Enterprise edition, which also means it's not included with the free upgrade offer either, it's available via volume licensing just like Enterprise. But this is designed and guided and priced to the point for educational institutions, students, teachers, and administrators.
Now, I covered just some of the versions fairly quickly to kinda give you an idea of the four that are there, but there's an excellent website that you'll wanna visit that has the different versions available to you. So you can actually scroll through a table and see Domain Join, notice it's in Pro, Enterprise, and Education. We have Remote Desktop inside of it, but if you want Direct Access it's only available in Enterprise and Education. So the nice thing about this website, it kind of breathes life into some of those bullets of what's available to you as you go down the different versions, so I'd really take a look at this website as you're researching what version is right for your business or your organization inside of here.
Now there actually are three other versions of Windows 10 that I'd like to talk about just quickly to mention them. You're gonna see most of these inside the developer sides of your organizations that you may deal with, and those three are Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, and this is where you're gonna see those types of mobile solutions that are gonna be Windows 10, that small form factors, the traveling form factors, the tablets and the phones, and those types of devices you're gonna see that on there and there's lots of reasons why you might develop that, and then there's also the Internet of Things, or the IoT Core version of Windows 10 for the other types of devices that might be out there.
But once again, you're not gonna see these most likely in a deployment scenario and I just wanna cover 'em just so you knew that there were three other versions, there are seven of the total available for us. But when you look at all this and you look at the versions inside of your organizations, really it boils down to I think two versions that you'll choose between. Either Windows Pro, or Windows Enterprise, and really it's up to you of what the difference of the features are between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise of which one you'll choose for your organization. At the end of the day, whether it's Home, Pro, Enterprise, or Education, the deployment tools can be used to create images for all of them.
But once again, it's just gonna come down to two, Pro versus Enterprise.
- Upgrading vs. wiping and reloading
- ZTI and LTI deployment options
- Upgrading to Windows 10
- Working with Windows deployment tools
- Installing Windows with MDT
- Deploying a Windows 10 image