Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Windows 8 editions, part of Windows 8 Release Preview First Look.
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Before we dive into the Release Preview of Windows 8 you should be aware of Microsoft's plans for the different editions of Windows 8 they'll be making available, and just as Windows 8 itself has been re-imagined, this also applies to the editions you will be able to choose from. Now Microsoft is going to make a lot easier for customers to know exactly what edition will best suit their needs when they either upgrade their current computers or purchase new ones. We're going to begin with simply Windows 8 which will be the right choice for most consumers or home users.
It's going to work on your standard X86/64 computers and tablets whether you're using a touchscreen, keyboard and mouse, or all of the above. Those who go with the Windows 8 edition will experience a newly updated Windows Explorer and Task Manager and better support for multiple monitors. You'll even have the ability to switch languages on the fly, something that was only available in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of previous Windows versions. Next is Windows 8 Pro and it's ideal for tech enthusiasts and business or technical professionals who need 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. Also, the Windows Media Center will be available as an economical media pack add-on to Windows 8 Pro. So if you're an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will probably want Windows 8 Pro. Next comes a Windows RT which will be the newest member of the Windows family, also known as Windows on ARM or WOA.
Now this single edition will only be available preinstalled on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. Windows RT won't be able to run traditional X86/64 desktop software, instead it's going to run touch oriented apps based on Windows Runtime, Microsoft's programming model for mobile apps. Now Windows RT will include touch optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Lastly, and as with previous versions of Windows there will be an addition of Windows 8 specifically for those enterprise customers with software assurance agreements. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organizations that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and a whole lot more. So that's what you can expect to see when Windows 8 launches later this year.
- Exploring the Start screen
- Differentiating between Windows 8 editions
- Personalizing the look and feel of Windows 8
- Working with maps and photos
- Exploring utility apps such as BitLocker, EFS, and Domain Join
- Using File History
- Exploring web navigation with Internet Explorer 10