Microsoft has announced the editions that will be available with the release of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
There will be 4 major editions:
- Windows 8
- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows 8 Enterprise
- Windows 8 RT
The plain Windows 8 will be the consumer version. It will be available for both 32- and 64-bit hardware. This will be the version that most consumers will want for typical use.
Stepping up, Windows 8 Pro will be the business and enthusiast version. This version sports business features such as BitLocker (encryption), virtualization, remote management and domain connectivity – in addition to the base version features.
Windows 8 Enterprise will be ultimate version, including – amongst other things – advanced security and management features on top of the Pro-version.
Windows 8 RT will be the “tablet” version of the operating system. This version will run on ARM-processors and focus on low power. A new version of Microsoft Office, optimized for the Metro interface, will be included. RT will not include Windows Media Player.