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Posted on 22-04-2012
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Microsoft made a blog post announcing the editions on next version of Windows, namely Windows 8. Compare to Windows 7 Editions, Windows 8 offers fewer editions with a no-compromise experience.

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for both 32bit and 64bit version of Windows.

Second, there are only 2 editions for x86 processors, again both 32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

The 3rd edition, namely Windows RT, is the newest member of the Windows family, previous known as Windows on ARM, or WOA. It will only be available pre-installed on PCs and Tablets powered by ARM processors. What’s interesting is that it will include a touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It’s the only edition that has Microsoft Office applications preloaded.

In a nutshell,

  • Windows 8 Pro has everything, except the touch-optimized next version of Office, and device encryption capability.
  • In addition to Office and device encryption, Windows 8 doesn’t have BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, Boot from VHD, Client Hyper-V, Domain Join, Encrypting File System (EFS), Group Policy and Remote Desktop (host).

Windows RT doesn’t have Windows Media Player and Storage Spaces , in adding to the list above under Windows 8,

In terms of upgrade path,

  • Windows 8 can be upgraded from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium but cannot be upgraded directly from Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate.
  • Windows 8 Pro can be upgraded from any Windows 7 editions.
  • Windows RT cannot be upgraded directly from any version of Windows 7.

Microsoft suggested that for most of the consumers, Windows 8 will probably be the right choice. You can click here to see the detailed comparison chart for more information.

Windows RT seems to be the answer to the tablet market but to be honest, with a native Office app, which is still on the desktop environment, I don’t see a sign of any tablet powered by this version of Windows 8 can make a dent on the hot tablet or Post-PC market.

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