Microsoft is releasing its new operating system Windows 10 across 190 countries in 111 languages to cater the personal computing experience integrating all the devices including handsets, tablets and personal computers for the first time.
“We have designed Windows 10 to deliver a more personal computing experience across a range of devices,” said Microsoft.
Windows 10 will power a broad range of devices from PC’s, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub, making up the Internet of Things, everything from elevators to ATM’s to heart rate monitors to wearables, said the company.
These different Windows editions tailored for retail consumers to small businesses to the largest enterprises, it said.
Windows 10 Home:
Basically, the Home edition is a consumer-focused desktop edition that offers familiar experience for PCs and other hand-held devices.
It helps people perform more productive activities with the help of Cortana, personal digital assistant. The new Microsoft Edge web browser; Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and out of the box range of universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video.
The Microsoft has also introduced the Xbox gaming experience to Windows 10, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community, enabling the capture and share of game play and giving owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their homes.
Windows 10 Mobile:
It is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets, claims the company. Windows 10 Mobile offers vast productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work, said Microsoft in its blog.
In addition, the Windows 10 Mobile OS enables some new devices to take advantage of Continuum for phone, so people can use their phone like a PC when connected to a larger screen.
Windows 10 Pro:
Essentially a desktop edition for PC’s and other hand-held devices, it is vuilt on both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home. It has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses.
Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage devices and apps, protect sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies.
The Windows 10 Pro devices are of aimed at enterprises supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) programs and prosumer customers. It also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis.
Microsoft, earlier this year, for the first time ever said, “We are offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch.Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.”