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Windows 8 ONLY having three options

Postby DaFoxx » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:21 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17740566

Microsoft's next operating system will come in just three different flavours, the company has announced.

For those with Intel-based machines, the OS will be available in two versions - Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

And for those with devices, largely tablets, powered by ARM-designed chips there will be a Windows RT version.

Microsoft wants to simplify how it markets Windows 8, which is expected to launch in autumn 2012.

The complex flavours of past Windows - from basic to home, premium to ultimate - have become something of a joke among tech experts.

Microsoft has called Windows 8 the most significant redesign of the Windows interface since its groundbreaking Windows 95 OS.

The ARM version of the OS is the newest edition and reflects Microsoft's desire to unify the engine known for running desktop computers with that for tablets and smartphones. Windows RT will sit alongside Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems.
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Re: Windows 8 ONLY having three options

Postby DaFoxx » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:31 pm

and from Ziff Davis

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/for-wind ... ature-roto

Summary: If you’re planning to purchase Windows 8, your buying decision will be simple. Microsoft announced today that Windows 8 for x86 and x64 PCs will be available in two retail editions. A third, OEM-only edition will be available for ARM-based PCs and tablets.

If you’re planning to purchase Windows 8, your decision just got simpler.

Microsoft today revealed its lineup of SKUs for the new operating system, which is due to be released before the end of the year.

For PCs built around x86 and x64 processors, the lineup has been trimmed to two. Yes, you read that right. Windows 8 will ship in two editions:

•Windows 8 is the default consumer edition, replacing Windows 7 Home Premium. It includes the ability to switch languages on the fly, a feature that was previously available only in the most expensive Enterprise/Ultimate editions.
•Windows 8 Pro is a superset of Windows 8, with the addition of BitLocker encryption and support for Encrypting File System, client Hyper-V virtualization, the ability to boot from a virtual hard disk (VHD), the ability to join a Windows domain, support for group policy, and Remote Desktop host capabilities. That complete package of features is currently available only in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise.
For PCs and tablets built around low-power ARM processors, there will be a single edition, called Windows RT. (The Windows 8 brand is not included on ARM-based devices.) It will be available pre-installed on devices by OEMs only and will not be for sale as a retail product.

For enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements, Microsoft will offer a separate edition (not available as a retail package) that is a superset of Windows 8 Pro. Extra features in Windows 8 Enterprise will allow IT organizations to enable advanced PC management and deployment scenarios. Microsoft did not announce additional details of features in the new Enterprise edition.

Windows Media Center will be available as a “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro, at an “economical” price point that presumably covers the cost of licensing technology from Dolby Labs and other codec providers. (I had speculated back in September that this would be a a possibility.)
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Windows 8 User account option

Postby DaFoxx » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:56 pm

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/a-power- ... ature-roto

lots of details in link

User accounts
One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 is the addition of a second account type, as a complement to the traditional local user account.

If you choose a Microsoft account instead of a local account, you use an email address as your user name. That unlocks the option to sync your settings between PCs—handy if you have Windows 8 running on multiple devices.
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Re: Windows 8 ONLY having three options

Postby SirDice » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:39 pm

There's actually four versions. Windows 8, 8 Pro, 8 Enterprise and RT.

NOTE: As with previous versions of Windows, we will also have an edition of Windows 8 specifically for those enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more.

Source: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bl ... tions.aspx
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Re: Windows 8 ONLY having three options

Postby rapier57 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:43 am

I am glad MS finally sees the light on keeping the versions to a minimum. Supporting all those Win 7 Home/Premium/Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate/Universal/Whatever must have just been horrible. We just had the one (Pro Ultimate Universal or something like that) on all the desktops at work. Still, the desktop support folks probably teetered on the brink of sanity most of the time.

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