While no official date has yet been announced by Microsoft for the official launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has officially revealed all of the different editions of Windows 10 that would be made available. This is a regular practice for Microsoft, the company has always launched ‘Home’, ‘Pro’ and ‘Enterprise’ editions of its operating systems for years and Windows 10 won’t be an exception.
Windows 10 will power an incredibly wide variety of devices – ranging from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. In other words, customers will have three versions of Windows 10, which is Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro. Also, there are different versions for the Enterprise.
Windows 10 Home is the “consumer-focused desktop edition” of the OS, which will ship on most pre-built PCs and laptops. It offers a known and personal experience for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. It will include all the main features of Windows 10 like the new Windows Hello face-recognition, Microsoft Edge browser, Cortana, iris and fingerprint login, right out of the box, Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices and built-in universal apps. Microsoft also has a Windows 10 Pro edition to complete the home desktop version. This will have similar functions like Windows 8 Pro, with the ability for businesses to have more control over their devices and apps. Users will also get access to Windows Update For Business, apart from being more compatible with cloud technologies.
Microsoft is also renaming Windows Phone to Windows 10 Mobile with the release of Windows 10 across PCs, phones, tablets, and the Xbox One. It is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. All Microsoft smartphones will technically be running Windows 10. It will also take advantage of optimized versions of touch oriented apps and support for the new Continuum for Phone feature. It will support phones and tablets less than 8-inch displays with the familiar Windows Phone interface.
Microsoft is also offering a Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise edition, designed for best customer experience and for big businesses to license the operating system on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to Volume Licensing customers. Like Windows 10 Mobile, it gives great productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities. It also adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates. In addition, it will include the latest innovation and security features once they are available.
Windows 10 Enterprise builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features created to meet the requirements of medium and big sized organizations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information. Windows 10 Enterprise also supports the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management. They will able to take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business and Long Term Servicing Branch.
Further, Windows 10 Pro, another offering from Microsoft is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Built on the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many additional features to handle the various needs of small businesses. Windows 10 Pro helps to efficiently and effectively handle their devices and apps, preserve their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take benefit of cloud technologies and new Windows Update for Business.
Windows 10 Education builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is created to meet the requirements of schools – students, teachers, staff and administrators.
In addition, Windows 10 IoT Core will be available for Internet of Things connected devices like Raspberry Pi, Arduino and payment gateway PoS. That’s seven editions in total, across a range of devices and use cases.
Tony Prophet of Microsoft says “We are making strong progress with Windows 10, and we are on track to make it available this summer. And because we have built Windows 10 to be delivered as a service, this milestone is just the beginning of the new generation of Windows. Starting this fall, customers can expect ongoing innovation and security updates for their Windows 10 devices, including more advanced security and management capabilities for businesses.”