One of the most highly anticipated software launches of this year is Microsoftâ€™s new operating system, Windows 8. While the OS is still in the pre-release phase, Microsoft has released a Consumer Preview that gives users a glimpse into the features of the new OS. In mid April, Microsoft announced the different editions that will be available when itâ€™s released.
There are going to be four editions of Windows 8 available at launch:
- Windows 8. This edition offers all the features the majority of Windows users will need. It will be comparable to Windows 7 Home and Home Premium.
- Windows 8 Pro. Pro will have Windows 8 components, but also offers more advanced options that businesses and expert users will appreciate. Some of the extras include encryption, virtualization and PC management. Pro will be most useful in a business environment.
- Windows RT. This version of Windows 8 will come pre-installed on mobile devices and tablets with an ARM processor, which is used primarily in mobile technology. Many of Windows 8â€™s features will be available on RT, although some older Windows applications will not be compatible. If your company uses Windows tablets or smartphones, chances are youâ€™ll use this OS.
- Windows 8 Enterprise. Enterprise is an enhanced version of Windows 8 Pro that will be specifically for businesses with Software Assurance agreements. Noted features include stronger virtualization tools, PC management and deployment, and advanced security. At this time thereâ€™s no further information on this version, but it looks like a good choice for IT companies.
Thereâ€™s no official release date for Windows 8 at this time, but itâ€™s expected sometime in the last quarter of this year. If you would like to know more about Windows 8, or any other Microsoft programs please contact us.