Windows 8 Versions: Features And Key Differences

Microsoft Windows 8 is one of the latest installments of the popular Windows Operating System. Windows 8 itself is the basic or core version of the new operating system and it is intended for home use. To make it further clear, it is the equivalent of Windows 7 Home Premium, which is directed at home use too. Now, let us analyze some of the key differences in the Windows 8 versions available in the market:

Windows 8 Pro

Let us start with Windows 8 Pro; it is aimed towards enthusiasts as well as pure business users. It consists of the majority of Windows 8 features, as well as a Remote Desktop server, the capability to take part in a Windows Server domain, Hyper-V, Virtual Hard Disk Booting, Encrypting File System and Group Policy. In addition, it has features such as BitLocker and BitLocker To Go.

Windows RT

As far as Windows RT is concerned, it is for ARM-based devices such as a tablet PC like Surface RT. Windows RT provides the ability to run Windows Store Apps but it does not support the x86/64 desktop applications commonly seen in previous versions of Windows.

Windows RT provides device encryption capabilities that help to prevent unauthorized software from meddling with the boot process. But, interestingly, you will find that some business-focused features like Group Policy and domain support are disabled.

Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 Enterprise has all the features of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro put together. This software can be availed only by Software Assurance customers through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC).

Now, let us see discuss the core features included in all Windows 8 features.

Now if you see all versions of Windows 8, then you observe common built-in apps including Mail, Messaging, Calendar, Internet Explorer 10, and SkyDrive as well as the capability to install applications from the Windows Store. You receive security updates through Windows Defender, Windows Update and Windows Firewall. Enhanced Task Manager, Smart Screen, ability to switch languages on the fly, enhanced multiple monitor support, Exchange ActiveSync etcetera.

Data protection offered by Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 versions are expressly focusing on data protection, as it is obviously one of the most important tasks. Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro make use of BitLocker technology to keep their data safe and secure.

Connecting to your PC when on the go

When you consider Windows Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise, these versions have Remote Desktop Connection available, allowing you to connect to another computer with a Remote Desktop client through a network or over the Internet.

So, before you choose to buy a Windows 8 version, it will serve you well to find out a few things/ facts about the versions of Windows 8 and the key differences among them.