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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RE: Three Versions
by avgalen on Tue 17th Apr 2012 13:07 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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RE[2]: Three Versions
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 13:20 in reply to "RE: Three Versions"
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My ideal set of versions:

- Windows 8.

The end.

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RE[2]: Three Versions
by Drumhellar on Tue 17th Apr 2012 18:18 in reply to "RE: Three Versions"
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"Advanced Security" Probably refers to BitLocker, as Group Policy stuff come as part of domain login capabilities of Pro. (and, IIRC, GP settings are even accessible on Home versions). That is something that has traditionally come as part of "Ultimate" versions, which Microsoft is apparently doing away with (Finally!).

Also, that is something that should be available in all versions.

Edit: Oops. should read the whole chart first. BitLocker comes with Pro (Finally!)

Edited 2012-04-17 18:33 UTC

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