As the launch date of Windows 8 gets closer, Microsoft has officially announced the various editions of the operating system that will be available for those using an x86 or ARM processors.
Microsoft promotes Windows 8 as being one of the more flexible operating systems in the market today. With three available versions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT, the company hopes to reach out to all consumers whether they’re using a desktop, laptop, or even a tablet.
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will support any device that is powered by x86 processors. It will include features such as an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, multi-monitor support, and the ability to switch languages on the fly. Windows 8 Pro will include all of the features found on Windows 8, plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management, and domain connectivity; all aimed at enterprise users. Windows Media Center will also be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro.
Windows on ARM devices will be known as Windows RT. Windows RT will only be available pre-installed on ARM-based PCs and tablets, rather than being available to purchase at a retail store. The OS will include a touch-optimized desktop version of Office, including Windows Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It will also be primarily built around the Metro interface.
Here is a selection of features for all three versions of Windows 8:
Source: Windows Team Blog