New Delhi: Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 10, due for release this summer, will come in sever different editions, the software giant has announced.
The major update to the ubiquitous software will be launched in 190 countries and 111 languages and in a bid to provide a more personal computing experience across a range of devices, Microsoft will release different editions to suit varied needs of consumers, small businesses and large enterprises.
Microsoft’s blog noted that the Windows 10 OS will power a broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub. It will also power Internet-connected devices like elevators, ATMs, hear rate monitors and wearables.
Microsoft will release seven different editions of its Windows 10 OS to suit varied needs of consumers, small businesses and large enterprises.
1. Windows 10 Home
This will be the consumer-focused desktop edition and offer the familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets and convertibles. It will include Microsoft’s digital assistant- Cortana; the new Microsoft Edge browser; Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and a broad range of universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video. It will also include the ability to play Xbox One games.
2. Windows 10 Mobile
The mobile edition is best suited for the small-screen user experience. It will include universal Windows apps that are present in Windows 10 Home version. It will include the new touch-optimised version of Office and enable some new devices to take advantage of Continuum for phone.
3. Windows 10 Pro
It is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s and includes extra features to meet the needs of small businesses. It includes features like data protection, efficient management of multiple synced devices and apps, remote and mobile productivity support, and leveraging of cloud technologies. The OS will be more beneficial for organizations supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) programs and prosumer customers.
It further offers ability to take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis.
4. Windows 10 Enterprise
It builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It provides more security to sensitive business information and supports broader range of options for OS deployment and app management. This edition will be available to Microsoft’s Volume Licensing customers, who will also be able to choose the pace at which they want to adopt the new OS.
5. Windows 10 Education
Aimed at addressing the needs of schools-staff, administrators, teachers, and students, this edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing and Microsoft will provide ability for schools and students Windows 10 Home and Pro editions to upgrade to the Education version.
6. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
With businesses going mobile, this edition is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. Apart from offering great productivity, security, and device management, this edition adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates.
7. Windows 10 IoT Core
In the age of Internet-connected devices, Microsoft is also rolling out versions of its Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics and for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.
Windows 10 is said to be the last operating system to come from Microsoft as the company plans to provide the software as a service and continue releasing updates to the same instead of releasing a new OS.