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[3]: Three Versions
by avgalen on Tue 17th Apr 2012 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Three Versions"
avgalen
Member since:
2010-09-23

Are you trolling your own site Thom?
Do you really think the same OS should run on a phone as on a server?
I have never seen IOS run on a server
I have never seen Android run on a server
I have seen dozens of distributions of Linux, all aiming at a different target audience.
But the needs of all Windows 8 users would be served by 1 edition alone? Yeah right

Edited 2012-04-17 17:26 UTC

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RE[4]: Three Versions
by Carewolf on Tue 17th Apr 2012 17:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Three Versions"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Servers now have their own versions (by now I mean since XP). Windows 8 will not have any server versions. I probably agree with Thom, most "Pro" features are extra options, and not something that would get in way of a normal user, so they could have been in the standard release to simply things.

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RE[5]: Three Versions
by avgalen on Tue 17th Apr 2012 18:36 in reply to "RE[4]: Three Versions"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

uhm no. Servers are actually the same as clients and they are even lined up in release schedule since Vista SP1. Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (called Server '8' until earlier today) will all have the exact same kernel and internal version number. It is just the bundling of additional tools/programs/features and the hardcoded limitations on mem/cpu/disk and the licences that are different but the actual operating system is identical.

Does it still really makes sense for you to have 1 version for phone/tablet/client/server?

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RE[5]: Three Versions
by BluenoseJake on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Three Versions"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

They have always have server and Desktop versions, the desktop versions of Win NT were called Workstation. The desktop versions of Windows 9x were called Windows, there were no server versions.

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