With Window 8, Microsoft looks to be “trimming the fat” so to speak. Unlike Windows 7, which was released with six different variations, Windows 8 will be released with only four options, three, if you only count PC’s. The fourth will be a tablet only variation.
Microsoft is aiming to make the purchasing experience of Windows 8 much easier for consumers by offering a simple Windows 8 for home users (most of us), Window 8 Pro (a version for the “tech minded”) and lastly, Window 8 Enterprise (an option for IT professionals and office work places). The last version, the mobile version, will be called Window 8 RT and it won’t sold on store shelves, instead it will pre-loaded on tablet devices.
Windows 8 RT has been designed slightly different than the typical PC versions, it’s been built to take advantage of ARM processors like those built by Qualcomm, Nvidia and Motorola. Windows 8 RT will also feature an improved use of “touch,” making it truly tablet friendly.
Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc says, “For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. Among other things, Windows 8 will include “an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support, and the ability to switch languages on the fly.”
It’s refreshing to see Microsoft simplifying the Windows shopping experience, now customers won’t have to spend as much time trying to figure out what version is right for them.
Source: Information Week