Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system developed and distributed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. Devices in the enterprise environment can receive these updates at a slower rate, or use long-term support milestones. These milestones receive important updates (such as security patches) only during the extended 10-year period of support.
Here we talk about several versions of windows 10 introduced and differences.
- Windows 10 Home,which is the most basic PC version.
- Windows 10 Pro, which has touch features and is meant to work on two-in-one devices like laptop/tablet combinations, as well as some additional features to control how software updates get installed — important in the workplace.
- Windows 10 Enterprise, which will have extra management features. We have some ideas of pricing here, as Microsoft is touting a $7/month Windows 10 Enterprise subscription for businesses that also includes a bunch of juicy, lucrative cloud services.
- Windows 10 Education, which is optimized for schools.
The important thing to know is that if you’re a consumer using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’re get a free upgrade to the equivalent version of Windows 10, so long as you take the plunge in the first year.
All of these versions of Windows 10 include the good stuff, like the new Microsoft Edge browser that’s replacing Internet Explorer, digital assistant Cortana, and the new password-less Windows Hello login system. And Microsoft is promising Universal Apps that work across the whole range of devices, from phone to PC and back.
I’ve created a new chart showing the differences between Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. You can also find the chart at the bottom of this article.
All four products have a new Windows Start menu and an edge web browser, Cortana personal assistant software, support for new security features, including facial and fingerprint recognition, virtual desktop support, and continuous mode for keyboarding off the keyboard from the PC Seamless transition to tablet mode tablet. When viewing business functions, the situation will be different. Windows 10 Home does not support BitLocker encryption, Windows Remote Desktop, Group Policy Management, Enterprise Data Protection or some other features that require Windows 10 Pro or later. At the same time, enterprise users can get some features that Windows 10 Pro cannot use, including AppLocker, Windows To Go Creator, Credential Guard, and Device Guard. In most cases, Windows 10 Education is the same as Windows 10 Enterprise…it’s just for school environments and not business. One feature that only Windows 10 Enterprise can use is the “long-term service branch,” which basically means that corporate customers can postpone Windows updates that provide many years of new functionality while continuing to receive security updates.