Windows 8 SKUs 'Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT, and Windows 8 Enterprise' Announced

Windows 8 the nex version of Microsoft's windows operating system will arrive in follwing SKUs: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT announced today. All editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.In the April 16 blog post, Brandon LeBlanc confirms the Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions […]

Windows 8 the nex version of Microsoft's windows operating system will arrive in follwing SKUs: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT announced today. All editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.

In the April 16 blog post, Brandon LeBlanc confirms the Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows. Following he revealed that there will be two Windows flavors for PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit): Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

"For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It'll include all the features below plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly,which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows," he said.

Windows 8 Four SKUs: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT, Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 Pro on the other hand is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals and includes Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. "

"Windows Media Center will be available as an economical "media pack" add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro," LeBlanc explains.

Windows RT also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, is a single edition and will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and 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," he said.

Finally, there will be a Windows 8 edition specifically designed for enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements dubbed Windows 8 Enterprise, and will include all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more.

For China and a small set of select emerging markets, Microsoft will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.

The below chart breaks down key features by edition ("this list should not be considered an exhaustive list of features," LeBlanc note):

Feature name

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT

Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate

x

Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles

x

x

x

Windows Store

x

x

x

Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)

x

x

x

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)

x

Internet Explorer 10

x

x

x

Device encryption

x

Connected standby

x

x

x

Microsoft account

x

x

x

Desktop

x

x

x

Installation of x86/64 and desktop software

x

x

Updated Windows Explorer

x

x

x

Windows Defender

x

x

x

SmartScreen

x

x

x

Windows Update

x

x

x

Enhanced Task Manager

x

x

x

Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)

x

x

x

Better multiple monitor support

x

x

x

Storage Spaces

x

x

Windows Media Player

x

x

Exchange ActiveSync

x

x

x

File history

x

x

x

ISO / VHD mount

x

x

x

Mobile broadband features

x

x

x

Picture password

x

x

x

Play To

x

x

x

Remote Desktop (client)

x

x

x

Reset and refresh your PC

x

x

x

Snap

x

x

x

Touch and Thumb keyboard

x

x

x

Trusted boot

x

x

x

VPN client

x

x

x

BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

x

Boot from VHD

x

Client Hyper-V

x

Domain Join

x

Encrypting File System

x

Group Policy

x

Remote Desktop (host)

x