Microsoft has announced Windows 10 will come in no fewer than seven versions.
To be fair, Apple does have two operating systems – one for computers and one for mobile devices. Three of the versions of Windows 10 will be for different device platforms: computers, mobile devices and appliances.
The seven versions of Windows are:
1) Windows 10 Home is for consumer-focused computers.
2) Windows 10 Mobile is designed for smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets.
3) Windows 10 Pro is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s.
4) Windows 10 Enterprise adds advanced features to Windows 10 Pro. It will be available to Volume Licensing customers as part of existing Software Assurance arrangements.
5) Windows 10 Education builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is designed to meet the needs of schools.
6) Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is designed for smartphones and small tablets and will be available to Volume Licensing customers.
7) There will also be versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for devices such as ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics, and Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) Core for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.
Sifting through all that, there are computer and mobile versions of Windows 10 for consumer and enterprise customers. On the consumer side, there are three versions: Home and Pro for computers and Mobile for touch-centric devices. The rest are for enterprise customers (with education being a specific type of enterprise).
Why do we talk about Windows on Macworld Australia? As much as we love our Macs, many of us need to run Windows for work or to access specific applications. And that means having to choose the right version of Windows.
Hopefully, this will help Mac users choose the right version of Windows.