Windows to launch OS 10 in 7 versions

New Delhi: Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, Windows 10, is due for release this summer across 190 countries, will come in seven different editions, the software giant said.

The major update to the ubiquitous software will be launched in 111 languages and in a bid to provide a more personal computing experience across a range of devices, Microsoft will release different editions to suit varied needs of consumers, small businesses and large enterprises.

Microsoft’s blog reported the Windows 10 OS will power a broad range of devices – everything from PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub.

It will also power Internet-connected devices like elevators, ATMs, heart rate monitors and wearables.

These are the seven different versions of the OS that are touted to be released:

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It offers a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Windows 10 Home will bring in new innovations such as Cortana – the world’s first personal digital assistant service.

Microsoft also brought the Xbox gaming experience to Windows 10, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community.


Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office.


Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Building upon both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses.

Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage their devices and apps, protect their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies.


Windows 10 Enterprise

Windows 10 Enterprise builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information.


Windows 10 Education

Windows 10 Education builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is 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 Enterprise

Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers. It offers the great productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities that Windows 10 Mobile provides, and adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates.


Windows 10 IoT Core

In the age of Internet-connected devices, Microsoft is also rolling out versions of its Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics and for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.


Meanwhile, Windows 10 is said to be the last operating system to come from Microsoft as the company plans to provide the software as a service and continue releasing updates to the same instead of releasing a new OS.


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