Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 07:41 UTC
Windows While I was fast asleep, Microsoft unveiled the SKUs for Windows 8 - and we're in for a surprise. Yes, after years and years of fully deserved mockery for releasing 343 versions of each Windows release, the company has seen the light and reduced everything to just four - of which only two, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, will be freely available in stores.
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Three Versions
by TomasC on Tue 17th Apr 2012 10:58 UTC
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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


To me, this means there will still be three desktop versions of Windows 8, not two. We'll have 'normal', "Pro" and "Enterprise".

Most of the 'enterprise' features listed can be very interesting to a user currently interested in the "Pro" version. Who doesn't want "advanced security"? (Would the 'normal' and "Pro" versions then have "basic security"? :-)) Deployment I can go without, but PC management is something even the most basic home user comes into contact with (installing updates, service packs, ...). As a developer, I regularly use virtualization to test other platforms and sometimes Windows is the platform being virtualized on top of Linux instead of the other way around. And even 'new mobility scenarios' (which can really mean anything from domain roaming to better stand by policies) are always welcome for my laptop.

I'm very interested in a more detailed breakdown of the differences. Remember that remote desktop is something Windows 7 only allows to "Pro" versions and higher, while this is something a home user could definitely benefit from by allowing their PC-savvy friends to fix their computer.

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