Microsoft Announces Three Editions of Windows 8

Microsoft Announces Three Editions of Windows 8

Microsoft has published a blog post confirming the names of three editions of its latest operating system, Windows 8. The three editions include Windows 8 (duh) and Windows 8 Pro, which are built for x86 and x64 processors while the third edition, dubbed Windows RT, is built for PCs and tablets using an ARM processor. Each edition has a combination of multiple features like remote desktop, drive encryption, and a bundled version of Microsoft Office.

Windows 8

For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly

Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals obtain 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.

Windows RT

…will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

As we come closer to the official release of Windows 8, Microsoft will begin to announce pricing for each of the three editions. For more info about the editions, including which features will be included in each, click the link below. If you can’t wait until its official release date, you can download the free Consumer Preview of Windows 8 here.

Source: Windows Team Blog

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