Microsoft Announces Different Windows 8 Editions

Microsoft has announced the different editions that will be available for Windows 8.

Windows 8 logo

First off, the official name will be “Windows 8” for the new upcoming Windows for 32/64 bit platforms.

The three editions will be :

  • Windows 8 (recommended for most home users as well as for most basic to medium tasks)
  • Windows 8 Pro (recommended for businesses, IT personnel and for advanced tasks)
  • Windows RT a.k.a Windows on ARM or WOA (for PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors

Features like encryption, domain connectivity, PC management and virtualization are available only in Windows 8 Pro. Also, Windows Media Center will now be available as economical media pack add-on to Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT will have touch optimized desktop versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint.

Here is a detailed list of features available in each edition of Windows 8 :

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium



Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x


Check out the official announcement information here for further details.

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