Microsoft releases lineup of planned Windows 10 editions

May 14, 2015 by Matt Day, The Seattle Times
Windows 10

Windows 10 will be released with at least six different variants, with features tailored for businesses, personal users and mobile devices, Microsoft said Wednesday.

The new of Microsoft's operating system, expected to be released in a staggered fashion beginning this summer, is designed to give people a similar experience whether they're using a desktop computer, smartphone or any device in between. The Seattle-area company has made a similar pitch to , saying Windows 10 will allow them to write the code underlying an application once and be able to convert the program to laptop and smartphone variants with minimal extra effort.

But that doesn't mean the software will be exactly the same for all users.

Windows 10 will come in Home, Mobile, and Pro editions tailored for individual users, and Enterprise, Mobile Enterprise and Education versions for businesses and , Microsoft marketing executive Tony Prophet said in a blog post. Customized enterprise versions of the software are planned for industry devices like cash registers and ATMs (along with a mobile-focused variant), as well as a stripped down "internet of things" edition for small devices.

The personal versions will be offered as a free upgrade to most existing Windows users during the first year after the software's launch, Microsoft announced in January.

Business-tailored versions won't be free, though Microsoft hasn't disclosed pricing details. As with prior Windows releases, these editions are slated to come with enhanced security and networking features, as well as the ability to delay and customize planned updates to the software, Prophet said.

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3.7 / 5 (3) May 14, 2015
Wow, free!
Still don't want it.
1 / 5 (1) May 14, 2015
Microshaft still trying to game people with Windoze. What leads corps to still use it on their servers? They like having one major app/server??? It's about the only way it comes anywhere near what you could call reliable. And the best bit is that the code is IDENTICAL between versions. Identical. Your product ID tells the kernel how to act, but you're still running the exact same code. Linux is more reliable, the programmers are cheaper, and you can use open source. WHY, WHY!!!- is that *never* discussed* when right wing zealots talk about cutting spending. I can't remember the last time I saw a municipality, state, federal agency, non-profit- you name it- that didn't have some stupid blank check IT project going. Corps roll over and let IT managers think they're great for increasing headcount and budget. Never are they held to account like the rest of the corporation.

At least EU Greens have made open source a party plank!
3 / 5 (2) May 14, 2015
And for any that would call me a Linux zealot I wrote Calculator, Notepad and Paintbrush for Windoze 1.0. Ever notice they don't exactly have the look and feel of Word or Excel? Still pissed off that Microshaft removed the "paper tape" side display from calculator. It was very useful to see what you'd done before at a glance. Notepad was used with sendmail to create the first PC email client. Paint was used to suss out a keyboard interface that could do anything. Decided to just use the Xerox Palo Alto interface. After haranguing execs for not including a mouse as default. How much could a mouse cost compared to my time? They had outsourced the actual code to Tandy. And poached most our employees. Microshaft. Always has been, always will be. Damned DOS virus!

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