The software giant is revealing all the editions that will be made available when the operating system is finalized.
Microsoft Windows 10 Home is what Microsoft calls the “consumer-focused desktop edition.” It’s the edition that will ship on most home PCs and laptops, and it includes all of the main Windows 10 features like the new Microsoft Edge browser, Windows Hello face-recognition, and built-in universal apps. To complement the home desktop version, Microsoft also has a Windows 10 Pro edition. This will be the equivalent to Windows 8 Pro, with the ability for businesses to connect up to domains and take advantage of Windows Update for Business.
Microsoft is also renaming Windows Phone with the launch of Windows 10 across PCs, phones, tablets, and the Xbox One. Windows 10 Mobile is the official replacement name, and it will include new touch-optimized versions of Office and support for the new Continuum for Phone feature. It will support phones and small tablets (less than 8-inch displays), with the familiar Windows Phone interface. Microsoft is also offering a Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise edition, designed for big businesses to license the operating system on smartphones and small tablets.
Other editions include Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 IoT Core for smaller gateway devices. That’s seven editions in total, across a range of devices and use cases.
“We are making strong progress with Windows 10, and we are on track to make it available this summer,” says Microsoft’s Tony Prophet. “And because we have built Windows 10 to be delivered as a service, this milestone is just the beginning of the new generation of Windows. Starting this fall, customers can expect ongoing innovation and security updates for their Windows 10 devices, including more advanced security and management capabilities for businesses.”