Microsoft has revealed details about the different editions of its new Windows 10 operating system, which is expected to launch in 190 countries and 111 languages this summer.
As in the past, Microsoft plans to offer different Windows editions that are tailored for different device families and to address the specific consumers, education providers and various-sized enterprises.
“We designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices,” said Tony Prophet, corporate vice president of Windows and Search Marketing at Microsoft, in a blog post. “No matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.”
Aimed at consumers, Windows 10 Home is a desktop edition that offers a ‘familiar and personal experience’ for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Users will have access to Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana; the new Microsoft Edge web browser; the Continuum tablet mode for touch devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and a range of universal Windows apps.
Meanwhile, small businesses will benefit from the Windows 10 Pro desktop edition, which has been designed for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1 devices. It offers the same familiar features as Windows 10 Home, as well as additional capabilities to enable businesses to manage devices and apps efficiently; protect sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios; and leverage cloud technologies. Customers will also be able to use the new Windows Update for Business to reduce management costs, and control and accelerate security updates.
Designed to meet the needs of medium- and large-sized organisations, Windows 10 Enterprise builds on Windows Pro to provide additional advanced security capabilities and support the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management. Users will also be able to use Windows Update for Business and have access to the Long Term Servicing Branch as a deployment option for their mission critical devices and environments. This edition will be available to Volume Licensing customers.
Windows 10 Education is designed to meet the needs of school staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be opportunities for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
Microsoft has also developed mobile editions of Windows 10.
Customers using smaller touch devices, such as smartphones and small tablets, can use Windows 10 Mobile to access the same universal Windows apps offered in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimised version of Office. Windows 10 Mobile will enable some new devices to access Continuum for phone, to enable users to run their phone like a PC when connected to a larger screen. This edition offers great productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work.
Also designed for smartphones and small tablets, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise provides the same productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities offered in Windows 10 Mobile and offers flexible ways for businesses to manage updates. In addition, it will incorporate the latest security and innovation features when they become available. It will be available to Volume Licensing customers.
Microsoft will also release versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices such as ATMs, retail POS devices, handheld terminals and industrial robotics and Windows 10 IoT Core for small footprint, low-cost devices like gateways.
“We are making strong progress with Windows 10, and we are on track to make it available this summer,” said Prophet. “And because we have built Windows 10 to be delivered as a service, this milestone is just the beginning of the new generation of Windows. Starting this autumn, customers can expect ongoing innovation and security updates for their Windows 10 devices, including more advanced security and management capabilities for businesses.”
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