Microsoft announced in a blog post detailing various Windows 10 SKUs that’ll be available upon its release. When the OS finally launches this summer, the Windows maker has confirmed that there’ll be seven editions.
First, Windows 10 Home is what the company believes most consumers would be using. It would be the main version that’ll be sold on all consumer based PCs and tablets, as it includes most of the new features introduced in the OS like the new Edge browser, Cortana along with new built-in Universal apps. Microsoft calls it as the “consumer-focused desktop edition.”
Next in line for consumers will be Windows 10 Mobile, the official name given for the version that’ll be installed phones and smaller tablets, formerly known as Windows Phone. The mobile version will get new touch-optimized versions of Office along with support for the new Continuum for Phone feature. The version of Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile would allow a phone or a tablet to connect a keyboard, mouse and display, and then it can be used like a desktop computer.
Well, that’s about it for consumers, as there are more choices for business, but then again, they do not really offer something that is already available today. There’ll be a Windows 10 Pro edition, which will likely be something like the Windows 8 Pro, primarily for use in businesses. It’ll include new features such as the ability to use Windows Update for Business, which was announced at Microsoft’s Ignite conference last week.
Next in line we have the Windows 10 Enterprise, primarily aimed at volume license customers. Alongside these main editions, Microsoft has also announced Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 IoT Core for smaller low cost gateway devices, along with Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise designed for business customers on smartphones and small tablets.
Starting this fall, customers can expect ongoing innovation and security updates for their Windows 10 devices, including more advanced security and management capabilities for businesses,” said Microsoft’s Tony Prophet.
Microsoft’s Corporate VP Joe Belfiore earlier confirmed that the company was ‘on track’ for a summer launch of Windows 10 for PCs, followed by versions of mobiles and tablets. However, the company is yet to announce an exact date for the Windows 10 release, though the Redmond giant did confirm that its latest OS will be available in summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.