Microsoft Finally Announces Three Flavors of Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT

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After the much hype Microsoft has finally revealed in a post on its blog that three editions of Windows 8 will be released when it is available. There are no Home, Premium or such flavors. This time they came up with new naming strategy. They’ll be releasing Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT soon.

According to the post Windows 8 will be the official name for the next generation Windows.

If you are curious to know what is the difference among Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro, please continue reading.

Windows 8:

Windows 8 is designed for general users who don’t want to use it for business or networking. It includes those level of features which are currently available in current Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. It will be loaded with the latest version of Internet Explorer, Task Manager and better Multi-Monitor support. This edition of Windows will also allow you to easily switch the language on the fly.

Windows 8 PRO:

According to the post, Windows 8 Pro edition is for tech-related people, professionals and for those who want to have an extra layer of encryption. For networking related tasks this version will be the best because it contains virtualization, PC management, domain connectivity and other networking related solutions. ” 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.”

Windows 8 RT:

This is what Brandon LeBlanc says about Windows 8 RT. “Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA, as we’ve referred to it previouslyThis single edition 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. For new apps, the focus for Windows RT is development on the new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which we unveiled in September and forms the foundation of a new generation of cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps of all kinds.  For more details on WOA, we suggest reading this blog post which shares more detail on how we have been building Windows 8 to run on the ARM architecture.”

This comparison chart shows you what is difference among these three editions.

Release Date: Nothing is said about the release date of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro or/and Windows 8 RT but we will keep you updated about the latest on this blog. We have already shared the Windows 8 Developer Preview edition in our previous post which you can download here.

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