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We discussed last time about Microsoft Window 8 details and wrote about some event that would be taking place in April sometime! But, it came as a surprise blog post from Brandon LeBlanc to get details about the Windows 8 editions.

As usual, there is a disclaimer saying – these features are for illustration purpose only and there would be more additions or changes when we see real picture later this year.

Finally – we now know the Microsoft’s new Windows would be called as Windows 8officially. There is no other nickname involved.

Primarily, there are THREE Windows 8 editions. It is nice to see Microsoft has decided to go ahead with older tradition of having 2-3 variety of a same product. For Windows Vista and Windows 7, it was very time-consuming to decide which one to really buy. 🙂

Three Windows 8 editions are: Windows 8, Windows 8 PRO (Professional) and Windows RT.

As the two of the above name suggests, Windows 8 is like a basic version (like a Windows XP Home) and Windows 8 PRO is an advanced version (like a Windows XP Professional). These two editions are available for PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors in both 32 and 64 bit options.

The new entrant in the family is Windows RT – specially designed Windows 8 version for ARM powered mobile devices. Windows RT will come as pre-installed on devices.

According to some of the rumors – Windows RT is still being tested on ARM devices and lot of work still needs to be done before the actual release – as this is Microsoft’s first attempt in porting their operating system on ARM devices.

Microsoft has already revealed details about the Windows 8 App Store few days ago.

Windows 8 Editions – Features Comparison Chart

Those ‘x’ mentioned are actually meant for YES. Apple style check-boxes used by Microsoft. 🙂

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 App 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

I haven’t yet figured out exact reason, why all of Windows’ basic versions cannot be upgraded from the earlier ones! It’s so weird to know – I will have to format everything to get running the basic version yet again!

If you haven’t tried Windows 8 yet then you can grab a Consumer Preview, see Windows 8 system requirements and tweak to get a Start button for Windows 8.

We’re hearing that, Nokia is working on Windows 8 based innovative tablet & it is more likely to be unveiled later this year – but it will take some more time to get real information on it.

We will keep you informed. Do follow us on Facebook for latest updates 🙂

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