Microsoft has announced the names of the Windows 8 Editions :
- Windows 8
- Windows 8 Pro
- Windows RT
Windows 8 is the general x86/64 editions of Windows.Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro Editions are for PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit) .
As the name suggests , the Windows 8 Pro is designed for business/technical professionals and it sports features like encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity in addition to the all the features of the general Windows 8 OS .
Windows RT (Windows Runtime) is for the computers running on the ARM architecture. It will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets and supports longer battery life for the slim and compact machines.It will also feature touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Windows 7 to Windows 8 Upgrade :
- If you are using Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium then you can upgrade your OS to any of the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro .
- If you are using Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate editions of the Windows 7 then you can only upgrade your OS to Windows 8 Pro .
Some of the unique features of Windows 8 Pro among other editions of the Windows 8 :
- BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
- Boot from VHD
- Client Hyper-V
- Domain Join
- Encrypting File System
- Group Policy
- Remote Desktop (host)
Windows 8 Vs Windows 8 Pro Vs Windows RT
“x – Yes”