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Microsoft officially announces Windows 8 SKU’s

Microsoft has today officially announced the Windows 8 SKU’s. According to the blog post Windows 8 would have 3 editions besides the usual enterprise edition. The three editions are- Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Microsoft has also announced Windows 8 would be the official name of the next operating system to be released by Microsoft.

Only 2 versions would be available for sale namely Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft has renamed Windows on ARM to Windows RT and will be available only pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. Microsoft has also clarified that none of the versions would be a compromised version as we currently have Windows 7 Starter edition.

Here are the set of features which are expected in different versions-

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium



Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store x x x
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) x x x
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) x
Internet Explorer 10 x x x
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update x x x
Enhanced Task Manager x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) x x x
Better multiple monitor support x x x
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x

The blog post also states that media pack would be available as a ‘media pack’ addon to Windows 8 pro.

Exclusive: Windows 8 SKU revealed in Consumer preview

We have posted couple of days back that Windows 8 would have only 3 SKU, but the Windows 8 consumer release says something else. According to the registry files in Windows 8 consumer preview, Windows 8 won’t have just the SKU available in Windows 7 but some more as well. The complete lit of SKU available in Windows 8 according to the registry file is-

  • Windows 8 Enterprise Edition
  • Windows 8 Enterprise Eval edition
  • Windows 8 Home Basic Edition
  • Windows 8 Home Premium edition
  • Windows 8 ARM edition
  • Windows 8 Professional edition
  • Windows 8 Professional Plus edition
  • Windows 8 Starter edition
  • Windows 8 Ultimate edition

Here is the screenshot of registry file from Windows 8 consumer preview-

And here is the image of same registry key from Windows 7-

We already knew that Windows 8 ARM would be released, but seeing Windows 8 professional plus in the list was definitely a surprise.