According to The Windows Blog, Windows 8, the next release of the Windows OS platform, will be available for retail in three flavors: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT; making it easier for the consumer to understand. It still fascinates me that the people in the “real world” (not the “tech world”) are still oblivious that there is another version of Windows in the works.
To help bring the “real world” up to speed, reflected is a description of what to expect.
For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), there will be two editions:
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For many consumers, Windows 8 will be the right choice. It will include all the features above plus an updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and the ability to switch languages on the fly (more details on this feature can be found in this blog post),which was previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows. For China and a small set of select emerging markets, we will offer a local language-only edition of Windows 8.
Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM or WOA.
This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
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