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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RE: Three Versions
by avgalen on Tue 17th Apr 2012 13:07 UTC in reply to "Three Versions"
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Who doesn't want "advanced security"
end users don't want advanced security. They want simple security. However Enterprise want to finetune security like "this person can only use this computer between these office hours to start these programs".

"PC management and deployment" is also something that is only useful in an enterprise. It doesn't mean that you can't manage a "home" version of Windows. It just means that there is no easy way to make all 5 computers in your home have the same browser default homepage.

"virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more". Pro will support running Hyper-V and will support native boot from VHD. I don't know what Enterprise will add to this.

I see it like this:
Arm (Windows 8 RT): Appliance
Home: "your girlfriend, father and grandparents" that just want to use a computer for all their personal things
Pro: "you", with a machine that you might install yourself or get installed by an IT-person. All the functionality is there and you will most likely be joined to a domain
Enterprise: "people at work". All machines joined to a domain and everything centrally managed, secured and deployed as part of 100's or more of similar machines

This all makes perfect sense to me, although I would have liked Enterprise to be unneeded because I think Pro and Enterprise will be almost identical except for the license. All that "Enterprise-stuff" will most likely be just some tooling on Server 8 anyway (and a different license "of course")

And I would have loved for the ARM version to be available in a version that could be used for a desktop as well, but I can understand that there isn't a use/business-case for that (yet).

My ideal would have been this:
Windows 8 appliance (phone/tablet, the OS is just there in the background)
Windows 8 home (you can customize the look-and-feel of the OS that gets installed by your OEM)
Windows 8 workstation (the IT department does everything for you and you are on a domain)
Windows 8 server (with a GUI-feature that is disabled by default)

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