Microsoft Introduces Windows 10 Editions
The upcoming Windows 10 operating system is scheduled for release some time this summer, and it will be released to 190 countries in more than a hundred languages. Microsoft has been rather secretive regarding the details of Windows 10, but just recently, the company posted a blog article that introduces its Windows 10 Editions.
Similar to what it did in the past, Microsoft is offering various Windows editions, each of which are designed for different devices and different purposes. In this article, let us go through each of them.
Windows 10 Mobile
As its name implies, Windows 10 Mobile is designed for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. As expected of any Windows 10 offering, it will run new universal Windows apps, as well as the touch screen optimized Microsoft Office family of apps. Moreover, Windows 10 Mobile will allow some new handsets to make full use of Continuum for phone, a functionality that allows users to easily connect their mobile devices to PCs, or use them with a keyboard or mouse.
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home is the desktop edition that is geared towards consumers. It provides an easy to use environment for PCs, tablets, and even 2 in 1 gadgets. New features and innovations include Cortana (a state of the art digital assistant), Microsoft Edge (the new generation Windows web browser), Continuum tablet mode for touch-compatible devices, Windows Hello (facial recognition software), iris/fingerprint log in, and a full range of Windows apps such as Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music, and Video.
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro is just like Windows 10 Home, but only designed for small enterprises. It works seamlessly with cloud technologies, provides protection for sensitive business data, and is capable of supporting remote and mobile work scenarios. Plus, it has got Windows Update for Business, a very useful tool for owners or managers overseeing operations of their business.
Windows 10 Enterprise
Window 10 Enterprise is an upgrade on Window 10 Pro, and is made for medium and large enterprises. It also offers the option of using the Windows Update for business, and is available to Volume Licensing customers, who can take advantage of the latest enhancements and updates that come on a regular basis.
Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Education is designed for the needs of academic institutions and education personnel, as well as students. This edition is available via Volume Licensing, and teachers and students who use Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro devices can upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
Business customers using smartphones and tablets will be delighted to know that there is an edition built for their needs, and that is Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. Think of this as Windows 10 Mobile combined with some of the features and capabilities of Windows 10 Enterprise.
The full versions of Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Home, and Windows 10 Pro are offered for free for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1,and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade within the first year after launch.