Windows 8 Versions
With the release of Windows 8 just around the corner (Oct 26th), I found a comparison chart for everyone to look at to compare the differences. Have a look to see which one will best fit your needs if youre planning on purchasing a new PC this holiday season. Remeber to check your current hardware and software to be sure that it will run on your new system. There is nothing like getting your new PC and your favorite game or scanner not working.
|Windows 8||Windows RT||Windows 8 Pro||Windows 8 Enterprise|
|What is it?||"Full" version. Designed to run on PCs with x86 chips such as those made by Intel and AMD. Has two modes: the new, tile-based interface and the more familiar "desktop" mode.||Windows 8 "lite" of sorts. Designed to run on devices using power-sipping ARM-based chips. Has the newtile-based interface and the traditional desktop mode. The desktop mode includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The tile-based mode will run apps designed for that interface, which will be available in the Windows Store.||Includes Windows 8 function, plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management, domain connectivity.||Includes Windows 8 Pro functions plus features for mobile productivity, security and manageability for large businesses. Includes Window To Go, a manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick; DirectAccess, BranchCache and AppLocker, among other features.|
|What sort of hardware will it run on?||Desktops, laptops, tablets, hybrid devices.||Mostly tablets but could possibly be used in other form factors.||Desktops, laptops, tablets, hybrid devices.||Desktops, laptops, tablets, hybrid devices.|
|Will it run legacy Windows apps?||Yes.||It also won’t run apps designed specifically for desktop Windows, aside from what comes with the device. (It will run apps featuring the new tile-based interface, available in the Windows Store.)||Yes.||Yes.|
|Ideal for…||Content consumption and productivity purposes for individuals||On-the-go uses and for content consumption purposes.||Consumption and productivity with added organizational benefits.||Large business customers.|