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[7]: Three Versions
by avgalen on Wed 18th Apr 2012 11:25 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Three Versions"
avgalen
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2010-09-23

"we are still discussing Windows 8."

No, WE are not actually, but you are. We all know that there will be 1 kernel (6.2) that will be put in 3 different products (Windows 8 Phone, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012) that will all have different subversions. My initial writing however was about an ideal set of versions

Me:
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)

Thom responded:
My ideal set of versions:
- Windows 8.
The end.

Since Thom clearly responded to me it was clear that he was claiming that 1 version of this OS would fit everyone.
In all my posts I have mentioned phone/tablet/client/server and I think it is clear that 1 version of 1 OS wouldn't be a good fit for all those targets.

Also, you shouldn't think of Windows Pro as "Everything of Windows Home + some more". Windows Home actually has some extra's that make sense for home, but not for pro. Remote Assistence, workgroups and Simple file sharing are much better options for at home then Remote Desktop, domain and "advanced sharing". And thank god pinball has been removed from the server versions!

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