Microsoft to Resurrect Workstation Mode with Upcoming Windows 10 Update

June 5, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft is planning to revamp its Workstation branding to let Windows 10 work more efficiently when put on peak performance. The references for the new Workstation was spotted this week in a new Windows 10 build that was accidentally released to developers last week.

The leaked slide detailed the new Windows 10 Pro for Workstation along with its salient features. Accordingly, the version will feature a Workstation mode that will optimize the OS by recognizing running applications with intense compute and graphics workload. This will let the system optimize by itself when peak performance is demanded.

The Workstation mode won’t be available as a default option, and users will have the option to turn it off when not required. More details of the feature haven’t been out yet. But there are some more important features that will be made available along with the Workstation mode.

The version will also be adding a resilient file system, called the ReFS, which will serve as the successor to NTFS format. The latest file system will add support for fault-tolerance along with auto-correction features and self-optimization for larger data volumes.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstation will also have better file handling capabilities with improved speed of file management over the other versions. The version will add the SMBDirect protocol for file sharing keeping in mind the fact that workstation machines handle bulk data volumes across networks. This will also let the OS to bring down the CPU utilization when accessing network shares.

Alongside, the Workstation Edition will also have added support for 4 CPUs on a single machine along with memory support of 64 TB. The Current Windows 10 Pro features a support of only up to 2 CPUs.

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