In the past, many Windows users (probably more average-Joe's than power-users) have been troubled over all of the different editions of each version of Windows. Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 had six different editions each, each successive version adding on to a feature list that started from a very basic set of features. In an effort to ease some troubles, Microsoft today announced and detailed the four new editions of Windows 8. For x86 PCs, there will be Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise. For Windows on ARM, which will be the Windows 8 tablet side of things, there will be Windows RT.
To start off the list of features, "Windows 8" will be the most basic of all the editions. It will include basic features like full app-store access, an updated Windows Explorer, an updated Task Manager, much improved muti-monitor support, an a way to easily and quickly change languages.
"Windows 8 Pro" will add on to the list from "Windows 8," bringing encryption, virtualization, PC management, domain connectivity, and the option to add-on Windows Media Center (it's going to be an "economical media-pack" that's only available on Windows 8 Pro) to the table. "Windows 8 Enterprise" will have all the features from "Windows 8 Pro" and will include features that make it better for use in an enterprise-environment.
"Windows RT" will only be available pre-installed on ARM devices, so it won't be in a retail store to buy. As it's for ARM processors, as opposed to x86 processors, it makes sense that it won't be available to buy because it has to be specifically designed for the tablet and won't run on a regular computer. The feature list has everything from "Windows 8," as well as touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Are you excited for Windows 8? I'm not sure what to be. While I really like all of the back-end improvements that Windows 8 has over Windows 7, the big turn-off (to me) is the Metro UI. It's not that it's a bad interface, it will be wonderful on tablets, it just doesn't lend itself well to the mouse and keyboard. That's in my experience, anyways. What're your thoughts?