Friday, October 4, 2013

Microsoft To Launch Windows 8 In Four Versions

The Windows 7 operating system is said to be compatible also with touch screen computers and smart phones. However, the controls were too jarred and most users complained of the whole user-experience being tiresome and clunky. Hence, Microsoft decided to launch a new operating system, Windows 8, especially for the computers with the touch screen interface. Many advanced and sophisticated features are included in this latest version of the operating system.
The advanced features include a new Metro-style touch-friendly user interface, support for ARM-based chips, and a new Windows Store for apps. Microsoft has officially declared that Windows 8 is expected to release in the second half of this year. The latest news from Microsoft is that the software giant is planning to release Windows 8 in four different versions. The Windows 8 versions are:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows RT
Windows RT
  • Windows RT is the new name for Windows on ARM. The basic fact is that you would get the same basic Windows interface as you get with the other versions. However, Windows RT would only run apps that are specifically written for ARM architecture.
  • This version of the operating system would not be sold directly to consumers. It will come preloaded on tablets, notebooks, and other devices. This simply means that the user would not be able to install it himself, or upgrade from the earlier versions of Windows.
Windows 8 Pro
  • If you do need encryption, group policies, and remote desktop features, then you can buy or upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. For more information on the Windows 8 versions and Windows 8 Pro, you can always contact the Microsoft helpline.
Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Enterprise can be defined as the aggregation of some additional features in Windows 8 Pro version, which would definitely be helpful to corporate IT professionals.
  • Microsoft would also be releasing out its low cost version of Windows, specifically designed for net books.
Windows 8
  • Finally, Windows 8 is basically the new Windows Home Premium, but without the Home Premium label. This is the version of the operating system which includes all the basic Windows features. However, a few technical bits that you might not need anyway would not be present here.
Hence, it is clear that the launching of Windows 8 in four different versions is a perfect ploy from Microsoft to attract more consumers. However, it is yet to be seen how far this will be successful.

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