Windows 10 is coming this summer and when it arrives, it’ll do so in grand fashion across a bevy of devices and platforms. To help sort everything out, Microsoft has revealed the tailored “Editions” it plans to offer for various device families.
Starting at the top is Windows 10 Home, the consumer-focused desktop version that most users will likely end up going with. It’ll come loaded with all of the new innovations Microsoft has been talking up over the past several months including Cortana, the Microsoft Edge web browser and Windows Hello, just to name a few.
Windows 10 Pro is another desktop variant for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s that expands on the features of the Home edition for small businesses. Building on that is Windows 10 Enterprise which adds even more advanced features to meet the needs of medium and large sized organizations. It’ll be available to volume licensing customers for large-scale applications.
Both Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise include the option to use Windows Update for Business, a new service that will give IT professionals much more control regarding when and how updates are deployed to users.
Windows 10 Education is based on the framework of Windows 10 Enterprise and predictably, is designed for school staff, administrators, teachers and students. It’ll be offered through academic volume licensing with paths for schools and students running Home and Pro to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
Windows 10 Mobile and Mobile Enterprise are best suited for smartphones and small tablets with the latter obviously designed for business users.
Last but not least, Microsoft says there will be versions of Enterprise and Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics as well as an IoT Core edition for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.