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Microsoft Names Windows 8 Versions (You Might Want To Get Comfortable)

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Late yesterday Microsoft revealed what it would be calling its upcoming Windows update. There are three versions, starting with Windows 8—the plain vanilla "one size doesn't quite fit all, at all" variety. Then there's Windows 8 Pro with boosted encryption, device managment, connectivity, and whatnot. Lastly, Windows RT, a flavor of Windows 8 for ARM-powered devices like tablets. And, oh, yes, there's a fourth version mentioned as a footnote on MS's post: Windows 8 Enterprise, which'll have extra features that "enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios," and more. Are you confused? Microsoft has long faced criticism for "spamming" buyers with numerous Windows versions, sometimes for no clear purpose other than lining MS's pockets. This list is smaller than Windows 7 suffered, but it still needs a cross-reference table to explain the different packages' powers.

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  • Guru Aid

    This is a good feature implemented by Microsoft because Windows 7 alone had six different editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. Some best features launched for Windows 8 RT is that it will have the touch enabled versions of Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) that will leverage touch, the cloud (SkyDrive) and Apps. All mentioned editions have the ability to use language packs, enabling multiple user interface languages.


  • Bennet_Marky

     Well that is great. A new version of Windows from Microsoft. Well, I just hope it is the best one.