Can you guess how many? The impending launch of Microsoft’s newest operating system is near, and the Redmond Giant sure is a close step away from that big reveal by unveiling the official versions we can expect from Windows 10. In a Microsoft blog post, the company had detailed seven different versions that will round about the whole Windows 10 ecosystem, specifically tailored for specific target markets and uses.
The Redmond Giant will continue the legacy it created from Windows 8 by offering the new operating system in two versions for consumers, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, albeit with some slight changes. Windows 10 Home will now be the sole consumer-focused carrier of the current build seen on the Insider program, while the Pro version will aim to support Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and rapid, ongoing updates coming from Windows Update for Business. A Windows 10 Enterprise is also present, which adds advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations such as legacy support for the now-defunct Internet Explorer.
The mobile version now has its official moniker, too. Dubbed as the Windows 10 Mobile, it touts to deliver the best experience on small-sized smartphones and tablets such as the ability to deliver a PC-like experience through Continuum for Phones. An version for organizations called Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is also present, and is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets with volume licensing options.
For industry devices and robotics, there’s also a specially-designed version for them. Called Windows 10 for IoT, it offers low-cost, small-footprint
Last but not the least, the Windows 10 Education offers features that meet the demands of teachers, staff, administrators and students alike. This version is 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.
Which Windows 10 version is the one for you? Microsoft’s next-generation operating system is set to be available this summer in the US (around July to August).