Yesterday , Brandon LeBlanc announced on Blogging Windows that Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows.
Windows 8 will be available in four flavors ( edition ) covers all users | corporate needs , which are :
- Windows 8 : The basic edition that are suitable for most users
Windows 8 Pro : A higher version that includes domain joining capability , BitLocker and BitLocker To Go ,Boot from VHD , Client Hyper-V & more ..
- Windows RT ( Real Time ) : a new edition which will only be available as pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life.
- Windows 8 Enterprise : it will include all features available for Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more..
Below is the table that compares between the available features that will be shipped with each edition :
Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premiumxx Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x Windows 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
You can read Brandon LeBlanc’s full article here