Windows 8 and 8.1 Preview, Editions (SKUs) and features

Windows 8 and 8.1 Preview, Editions (SKUs) and features

 This Wiki article show differences in Windows 8 features

Windows 8 is often the best choice. On the other hand, Windows 8 Pro edition is the best choice for enthusiasts, technology professionals, and businesses.
It includes everything in Windows 8 plus a broader set of technologies, such as encryption, virtualization, management, and domain connectivity.

Windows 8 Enterprise edition is available to Software Assurance customers.
It includes all of the features in Windows 8 Pro plus management, deployment, security, virtualization, and mobility features that IT organizations need to enable new computing scenarios.  Windows To Go, DirectAccess, BranchCache, AppLocker, VDI enhancements, and Windows 8 App deployment are features unique to Windows 8 Enterprise. (Windows 8 Enterprise is already preconfigured to support app sideloading, as long as the PC is joined to the domain.)

Windows RT edition (previously known as Windows on ARM or WOA) is a new addition to the Windows family.
Windows RT is only available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. Windows RT helps enable thin and lightweight devices with remarkable battery life. The main focus for Windows RT is running cloud-enabled, touch-enabled, web-connected apps based on the new Windows runtime (WinRT). It also includes touch-optimized desktop versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

This Table lists the key features available in each edition (SKU)

FEATURE NAME

WINDOWS 8

WINDOWS 8 PRO

WINDOWS 8 ENTERPRISE

WINDOWS RT

Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter,
Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

x

 

Upgrades from Windows 7
Professional, Ultimate

 

x

x

 

Start screen, Semantic Zoom,
Live Tiles

x

x

x

x

Windows Store

x

x

x

x

Apps (Mail, Calendar, People,
Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive,
Reader, Music, Video)

x

x

x

x

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)

 

 

 

x

Microsoft Office Outlook      

 8.1 Only 

Internet Explorer 10

x

x

x

x

Device encryption

 

 

 

x

Connected standby

x

x

x

x

Microsoft account

x

x

x

x

Desktop

x

x

x

x

Installation of x86/64 and desktop
software

x

x

x

 

Updated Windows Explorer

x

x

x

x

Windows Defender

x

x

x

x

SmartScreen

x

x

x

x

Windows Update

x

x

x

x

Enhanced Task Manager

x

x

x

x

Switch languages on the fly
(Language Packs)

x

x

x

x

Better multiple monitor support

x

x

x

x

Storage Spaces

x

x

x

 

Windows Media Player 

x

x

x

 

Exchange ActiveSync 

x

x

x

x

File history

x

x

x

x

ISO / VHD mount 

x

x

x

x

Mobile broadband features

x

x

x

x

Picture password

x

x

x

x

Play To

x

x

x

x

Remote Desktop (client)

x

x

x

x

Reset and refresh your PC 

x

x

x

x

Snap

x

x

x

x

Touch and Thumb keyboard

x

x

x

x

Trusted boot

x

x

x

x

VPN client

x

x

x

x

BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

 

x

x

 

Boot from VHD

 

x

x

 

Client Hyper-V

 

x

x

 

Domain Join 

 

x

x

 

Encrypting File System

 

x

x

 

Group Policy

 

x

x

 

Remote Desktop (host)

 

x

x

 

Windows To Go

 

 

x

 

DirectAccess

 

 

x

 

BranchCache

 

 

x

 

AppLocker

 

 

x

 

VDI enhancements

 

 

x

 

Windows 8 app deployment

 

 

x

 


Windows 8.1 (Preview) Editions (SKUs) and features

Features

Windows RT 8.1 Preview

Windows 8.1 Preview

Windows 8.1 Pro Preview

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview

Secure boot

x

x

x

x

Picture password

x

x

x

x

Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles

x

x

x

x

Touch and Thumb keyboard

x

x

x

x

Language packs

x

x

x

x

Updated File Explorer

x

x

x

x

Standard apps

x

x

x

x

File History

x

x

x

x

Refresh and reset of OS

x

x

x

x

Play To

x

x

x

x

Connected standby

x

x

x

x

Windows Update

x

x

x

x

Windows Defender

x

x

x

x

Better multi-monitor support

x

x

x

x

New Windows Task Manager

x

x

x

x

ISO image and VHD mounting

x

x

x

x

Mobile broadband features

x

x

x

x

Microsoft account integration

x

x

x

x

Internet Explorer 11

x

x

x

x

SmartScreen

x

x

x

x

Windows Store

x

x

x

x

Xbox Live

x

x

x

x

Exchange ActiveSync

x

x

x

x

Snap

x

x

x

x

Can connect to a VPN

x

x

x

x

Desktop

Partial

x

x

x

Supported third-party apps

Windows Store apps only

Windows Store and desktop

Windows Store and desktop

Windows Store and desktop

Remote Desktop

Client only

Client only

Client and host

Client and host

Storage Spaces

 

x

x

x

Windows Media Player

 

x

x

x

Encryption features

Device encryption

Unavailable

BitLocker and EFS

BitLocker and EFS

Sideload Windows Store apps

Partial

 

Partial

Partial

Boot from VHD

 

 

x

x

Can join a Windows domain

 

 

x

x

Group Policy

 

 

x

x

Hyper-V

 

 

64-bit only

64-bit only

AppLocker

 

 

 

 

Windows To Go

 

 

 

x

DirectAccess

 

 

 

x

BranchCache

 

 

 

x

Can be virtualized by RemoteFX

 

 

 

x

Services for Network File System

 

 

 

x

Subsystem for Unix-based Applications

 

 

 

Deprecated

Windows Media Center

 

 

Via an add-in

 

Microsoft Office apps bundled with OS (including Outlook)

x

 

   

For more information refer to TechNet

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  • a great addendum to this page would be a breakout of the editions; what is that meaning of N, SL, CS, and Pro N?  

    thanks!

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