Which Windows 8 edition is right for me?
Blog :Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia
Date: 8/16/2012 4:35:00 PM
Compared to Windows 7's seven different versions, Windows 8 has four major editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows RT.
As per the Windows Team blog, Windows 8 is for regular consumers while Windows 8 Pro is designed to help tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals.
Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT will not be available at retail outlets. Windows RT will come pre-installed on ARM-based tablets or PCs.
The RTM version of Windows 8 came out yesterday (on August 15th, same as India's Independence Day) and is available for MSDN & Technet subscribers. Microsoft plans to release Windows 8 for general availability on October 26, 2012
If you would like to take Windows 8 for a spin before making it your default OS, you can download the 90-day evaluation edition of Windows 8 Enterprise and try it out with Virtual Machine software like the free VMWare Player.
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