Microsoft announce three versions of Windows 8
There will be three different editions of Windows 8 to choose from at launch.
Microsoft will offer a simplified range of editions for its next operating system. For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit) users only need choose between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
Windows RT (the newest member of the Windows family and third edition ) will be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors.
For most home and casual users, the regular Windows 8 will be more than capable of serving your needs (you can upgrade from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium).
For businesses and PC enthusiasts go for Windows 8 Pro edition (Pro will allow upgrades from Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate respectively).
Windows 8 Pro includes all the features found in Windows 8 plus a few additions that offer encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity tools. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro.
Windows RT will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. It is also the only version of Windows 8 that will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote straight out of the box.
A table detailing 'some' of the new features found in the various Windows 8 editions can be viewed on the official Windows blog.
I am looking forward to Windows 20, it will be operated by your eyeballs, in
3D, by a chip embedded in your brain.
Do we really need this 8 ? its more like phone software just another money spinner for Mr Gates
I'm hoping Microsoft has something up thier sleeve. Windows 8 is not a business tool! No real multi-tasking (everything in full screen...?!) and a pain to move around in quickly with a mouse. I can only assume that Microsoft have decided to forget PC's, and that we all must use tablets, if we like it or not. Guess what, I already have a tablet and have no reason to buy a Windows one. You're too late MS. However, I want a DESKTOP OS, on my PC, so I guess Windows 7 will be around for a long time.
Even the server version of windows 8 says 'Tap here to add features' So IP KVM's, rack monitors and RDP will all be touchscreen soon will they Microsoft..?!
I'm normally an early adopter of new Microsoft OS's, this is the first time in 15 years I have thought that they have got it all wrong. If anyone from Microsoft reads this, please remember that it's workstation users with keyboards and mice, that actually create things for business! Try designing an engine with CATIA or AutoCAD on a touchscreen.. we don't really want to have our arms up in the air, poking a screen 8 hours a day.
So Media Center is an economical add on!!. Sorry but it looks like its for Pro only so I first have to upgrade to Pro then get Media Center. I'm afraid that unless there are major improvements to media center (built in BluRay support ) then I will stick with Windows7.