Microsoft Windows 8 to Come in Three Different Editions

April 17, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As part of preparing the road for the release of the full version of the upcoming and most expected Windows 8, Microsoft has officially announced the existence of three different editions of the OS in their official blog.

According to the blog entry, Windows 8 will come out in three forms; Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Windows RT will the same platform version which was earlier known as Windows on ARM or WOA.

While the usual Windows 8 may look like the Customer Preview released by Microsoft earlier, Windows 8 Pro will be slightly different in its features.

As it can be expected, the Pro version will focus more on techies and enterprise segment of the market.

The Pro version, obviously, will have all the features of the Windows 8. However, it will pack certain added features like encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity.

For the users who opt to pick the Pro version, Microsoft offers Windows Media Center as a cheaper add-on.

The re-christened Windows on ARM version which was earlier pet named WOA will now be called Windows RT or a simple WinRT, says the blog post. RT stands for the short form of ‘runtime’, as per Windows sources.

However, immediate reaction to Microsoft’s blog post about the name change shows a negative trend with many readers suggesting a number of alternative names like Windows Next, Windows Metro.

Though it is less likely that MS will go for a change in the name, the version will be available only in pre-installed form on devices with ARM processors. It will also carry along a touch screen version of Microsoft Office.

Though there was no info on the release date, it seems that Microsoft is planning to share more information in the coming days.

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