There are various different Windows 8 editions and they all have different requirements
Unlike the other Windows operating systems like Windows 7, Vista or XP, Windows 8 will not have Home basic, Premium and Ultimate versions. On April 16, 2012, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be available in four main editions.
- 1. Windows 8
- 2. Windows 8 Pro
- 3. Windows RT
- 4. Enterprise edition
There are mainly two editions of Windows 8 available for a traditional desktop or laptop. So, the choice will be between Windows 8, which is designed for home users and Windows 8 Pro which is mainly for professionals and high-end business people. Windows 8 Pro edition has encryption, virtualization, domain connectivity and PC management features that may turn out to be useful for the Pro session of users. Windows Media Center will be available as an economical media pack add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.
Windows RT and Enterprise edition will not be available in retail. Windows RT edition is designed to run on ARM processors and will be only available preinstalled by OEMs on ARM based devices. So, we can say that, this edition is mainly for ARM based Windows tablets. Windows 8 RT edition will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote
Windows 8 Enterprise edition is only for enterprises that buy in bulk. This edition includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organizations that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios for encrypting a file system, virtualization, domain management etc. This edition will be only available through volume licensing. here are some exclusive features of windows 8 Enterprise edition.
Windows To Go:
Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 environment that allows Windows 8 Enterprise to boot and run from USB mass storage devices such as flash drives and external hard drives. It is intended to allow enterprise administrators to provide users with an imaged version of Windows 8 that reflects the corporate desktop and as such is aimed at enterprises. Other Windows 8 editions even Windows 8 Pro do not support creation of Windows To Go drives.
DirectAccess allows users to access corporate resources (such as e-mail servers, shared folders, or intranet web sites) following common security standards, anytime they have an internet connection.
It enables the computers at a local branch office to cache the content from file and Web servers on a wide area network (WAN) and thus contents are not repeatedly downloaded across the wide area network (WAN). BranchCache can improve application response time and reduce WAN traffic. Cached content can either be distributed across peer client computers (distributed cache mode) or centrally hosted on a server (hosted cache mode).
AppLocker helps to restrict unauthorized use of files and apps that some particular users or groups are allowed to run.
With VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface) enhancements the end users will enjoy a higher quality experience with the ability to play 3D graphics, use USB peripherals and use touch-enabled devices across any type of network (LAN or WAN) for VDI scenarios.
New Windows 8 App Deployment:
Domain-joined PCs and tablets running Windows 8 Enterprise will automatically be enabled to side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps.
Minimum requirement for PCs to run Windows 8:
Minimum requirement for Tablets to run Windows 8: