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    Windows 8 Versions announced, 8, Pro,RT,Ent


    Microsoft announces Windows 8 catalog including standard, Pro and Arm-based ‘Windows RT’ editions - The Next Web

    Windows 8
    Windows 8 Pro
    Windows 8 RT (ARM based)
    Windows 8 Enterprise

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    The differences between the editions are based on the platforms and features that each will contain. Windows 8 is the standard edition, likely to be found packaged with many OEM systems and will be the default recommendation for ‘many consumers’, says Microsoft.
    Windows 8 Pro will “ help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain a broader set of Windows 8 technologies.” This version includes everything in the standard version plus encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Pro will have to have Media Center added on to it as a ‘media pack’ that Microsoft says will be economically priced. Windows 8 Pro has a bunch of exclusive features listed like BitLocker, Boot from VHD, Client Hyper-V, Group Policies and hosting Remote Desktops.
    The third version will be called Windows RT and it will be installed on PCs and tablets that contain ARM-based processors. This will help these systems stay ‘thin and light’ and have better battery life than more power-hungry x86 processors.
    Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Microsoft says that new applications based on the WinRT programming model will be revealed soon, calling them a ”new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps.”
    There will also be an enterprise version of Windows 8. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus tools for PC management, advanced security, virtualization and deployment.

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    Huh. Win8 Pro will charge us for Media Center?

    Wow, all over the news now:
    Microsoft makes Windows 8 name official, three editions only | Microsoft - CNET News
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    I'm glad they've rationalised the choices, I also think it's good that language can now be switched easily in all editions. However, I doubt Media Centre fans will be pleased. It's also curious that only the Pro version can host RDP sessions. I guess all we need now is pricing information.
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    If they give a free croped Office version for ARM, they have to give one to other too. You buy a ARM tablet you get office but a Wintel no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    If they give a free croped Office version for ARM, they have to give one to other too. You buy a ARM tablet you get office but a Wintel no.
    I guess there has to be some incentive to buy a WOA device...
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    Better version options.

    Wonder what they will charge for Media center?
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    Very interesting...about bloody time there were three truly DIFFERENT versions of Windows!

    Some of the features between the different versions makes sense, except for Media Player in Pro, that is odd. But for the rest, like Group Policy and Client Hyper V makes sense since the typical user doesn't even sometimes know what a Group Policy. It definitely strikes me as that Windows 8 Pro will be the enterprise pick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Very interesting...about bloody time there were three truly DIFFERENT versions of Windows!

    Some of the features between the different versions makes sense, except for Media Player in Pro, that is odd. But for the rest, like Group Policy and Client Hyper V makes sense since the typical user doesn't even sometimes know what a Group Policy. It definitely strikes me as that Windows 8 Pro will be the enterprise pick.
    There will be an Enterprise version as well.
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