Microsoft has announced the editions of Windows 10 you will be able to upgrade to (free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 6.1 user) or purchase Windows 10 this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.
"Customers will continue to help us create Windows 10 even after this summer’s initial release, thanks to the 3.9 million and growing Windows Insiders who are helping us build and test Windows 10. We are grateful for this invaluable feedback that is helping us offer the best Windows ever – for businesses and consumers – across all devices. You, too, can join the Windows Insider Program today and begin experiencing Windows 10."
The two most commonly used editions will be Windows 10 Home and Pro as these will be available as both free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 but also most importantly the only versions available to consumers from OEM hardware vendors when purchasing new computers from companies such as HP, Dell, Toshiba, Acer, Etc.
Hardware choices: Desktops Laptops Tablets 2 in 1’s
Note: 2 in 1’s are devices that are able to serve both as a laptop and a tablet, some models use a detachable design that allows the touchscreen display to function on its own as a tablet, or a model which has a hinged non-detachable keyboard that rotates until it’s hidden by the touchscreen allowing it to function as a tablet. ? Versions and Features:
Windows 10 Home > PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s > Cortana Assistant > Microsoft’s new Edge web browser > IE11 web browser > Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices > Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login > Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video > Games: Solitaire, Hearts, Minesweeper. Also Candy Crush Saga will be automatically installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 during the launch! Reference: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/14/candy-crush-saga-coming-to-windows-10/ > XBOX support: Enabling the capture and share of gameplay and giving Xbox One owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their home.
Limitations: Limited ability to control when Windows Updates are installed
Windows 10 Pro All the feature of Windows 10 Home plus: > Windows Update for Business – Allows the user better control over when Windows Updates are installed. > Support remote desktop sessions and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies Not mentioned by Microsoft but likely to be included are: *Windows Domain Join *BitLocker Drive Encryption *Group Policy editor *Hyper-V
Windows 10 Enterprise Available to our Volume Licensing customers, so they can take advantage of the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis
All the feature of Windows 10 Home and Pro plus: > Device Guard - gives organizations the ability to lock down devices. Provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information.
> Long Term Servicing Branches - more control in how updates are delivered, and at what pace. The LTSB is similar to how service packs where made available with a new one delivered every couple of years and in between each new version Microsoft will provide security updates, bug fixes and so on. Alternatively, customers can choose to use the Current Branch method which provides security updates, bug fixes, and new features every few months.
Customer devices will receive the level of enterprise support expected for the mission critical systems, keeping systems more secure with the latest security and critical updates, while minimizing change by not delivering new features for the duration of mainstream (five years) and extended support (five years). On Long Term Servicing branches, customers will have the flexibility to deliver security updates and fixes via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) which allows full control over the internal distribution of updates using existing management solutions such as System Center Configuration Manager or to receive these updates automatically via Windows Update.
> Current branch for Business. By putting devices on the Current branch for Business, enterprises will be able to receive feature updates after their quality and application compatibility has been assessed in the consumer market, while continuing to receive security updates on a regular basis. This gives IT departments’ time to start validating updates in their environments the day changes are shipped broadly to consumers, or in some cases earlier, if they have users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. By the time Current branch for Business machines are updated, the changes will have been validated by millions of Insiders, consumers and customers’ internal test processes for several months, allowing updates to be deployed with this increased assurance of validation. Enterprises will be able to decide if they want to receive updates automatically via Windows Update, or via WSUS to have control through management tools over how the updates are distributed in their environments. Alternatively, customers can choose to use the CB method which provides security updates, bug fixes, and new features every few months.
Windows 10 Education Windows 10 Enterprise, but designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
Windows 10 Mobile Developed for touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets > Universal Windows apps > Touch-optimized version of Microsoft Office > Continuum for phone > Productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise Designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. Available to Volume Licensing customers > All the features of Windows 10 Mobile > Update management for businesses >There will also be versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics.
Windows 10 IoT Core For small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.
Logical upgrade paths existing Windows can expect: •Windows 10 Home - For PCs running consumer editions of Windows 7 (such as Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium), Windows 8/8.1 Core. •Windows 10 Pro - For PCs running Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate, Windows 8/8.1 Pro •Windows 10 Enterprise - For volume license customers with active Software Assurance running Windows 7/8/8.1 Enterprise •Windows 10 Mobile - For Windows Phone 8.1