The difference between all Windows 8 editions

The new Microsoft Windows 8 has been set to be released on October 26th, but what is the difference between all the different versions this release have?
We know windows Vista and 7 came in several versions, ranging from Starter edition to Enterprise edition. But will the difference be the same as in the previous editions? Well, no. As this version of windows has more features and new layout it will be a bit different from what we previously know.

We have provided a comparison list of all the versions so feel free to see for yourself.

Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows 8 RT (ARM) Windows 8 Enterprise
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium YES YES NO
Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate NO YES NO
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles YES YES YES
Windows Store YES YES YES YES
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video) YES YES YES YES
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) NO NO YES
Internet Explorer 10 YES YES YES YES
Device encryption NO NO YES YES
Connected standby YES YES YES YES
Microsoft account YES YES YES YES
Desktop YES YES YES YES
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software YES YES NO YES
Updated Windows Explorer YES YES NO YES
Windows Defender YES YES YES YES
SmartScreen YES YES YES YES
Windows Update YES YES YES YES
Enhanced Task Manager (Metro) YES YES YES YES
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) YES YES YES YES
Better multiple monitor support YES YES YES YES
Storage Spaces YES YES NO YES
Windows Media Player YES YES NO YES
Exchange ActiveSync YES YES YES YES
File history YES YES YES YES
ISO / VHD mount YES YES YES YES
Mobile broadband features YES YES YES YES
Picture password YES YES YES YES
Play To YES YES YES YES
Remote Desktop (client) YES YES YES YES
Reset and refresh your PC YES YES YES YES
Snap YES YES YES YES
Touch and Thumb keyboard YES YES YES YES
Trusted boot YES YES YES YES
VPN client YES YES YES YES
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go NO YES NO YES
Boot from VHD NO YES NO YES
Client Hyper-V NO YES NO YES
Domain Join NO YES NO YES
Encrypting File System NO YES NO YES
Group Policy NO YES NO YES
Remote Desktop (host) NO YES NO YES
Windows To Go NO NO NO YES
DirectAccess NO NO NO YES
BranchCache NO NO NO YES
AppLocker NO NO NO YES
VDI enhancements NO NO NO YES
App Deployment NO NO NO YES

 

 

And of course, Every version comes in x86 (32-bit) & x64 (64-bit) editions.

We are really looking forward to try out the full version.

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