Windows 8 Editions

Some news regarding Windows 8 editions emerged: Windows 8 N and Windows 8 E edition spotted!

Windows 8 E and N could be special editions that do not include Internet Explorer or Windows Media Player and could be limited to the EU.

Also it looks like the following editions have been in-officially confirmed:
Windows 8 Starter Edition
Windows 8 Home Basic Edition
Windows 8 Home Premium Edition
Windows 8 Professional Edition
Windows 8 Enterprise Edition
Windows 8 Ultimate Edition

If you consider that all of those will have a N and E edition and all editions will be available for both x32, x64, as well as ARM, then you’d get quite a high number of different editions.

18 x 3 different Windows 8 editions = 54 different editions!

First clues emerge that there will be a Windows 8 Professional edition again or a completely new business edition.

Managing and Improving software usability for over 10 years, designing, researching, and developing multi-tier distributed applications for Windows 8 focusing on customers using ecommerce, general consumers, and banking companies.

Theory: We will see one new Windows 8 edition. Since when has Microsoft developed applications for banking companies? This might a clue that we will see a completely new Windows 8 business edition.

It might be obvious, but since Microsoft released a Windows Vista Ultimate and a Windows 7 Ultimate we will probably also see a Windows 8 Ultimate edition.

A Windows 8 Starter edition will probably be available as well, since they introuced this edition with Windows XP.

Let’s review the Windows 7 editions quickly:

  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (emerging markets, 3rd world countries)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Let’s look at some possible Windows 8 editions:

  • Windows 8 Starter (Windows XP Starter, Windows Vista Starter and Windows 7 Starter speak for a Windows 8 Starter)
  • Windows 8 Home Basic (??)
  • Windows 8 Home Premium (??)
  • Windows 8 Professional (first clue: multi-tier applications)
  • Windows 8 Ultimate (obviously)
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