Microsoft announced that there will be four main editions of Windows 8.

different editions of windows 8

1. Windows 8
2. Windows 8 Pro
3. Windows RT
4. Enterprise edition

There are mainly two editions of Windows 8 available for a traditional desktop or laptop, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
Windows RT edition is designed to run on mainly Windows 8 Tablets and will be only available pre installed by OEMs.Windows 8 Enterprise edition is only for enterprises that buy in bulk.

Now, Let’s have a look on the features of different editions of Windows 8.

Comparison Table


Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT

Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate

Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles

Windows Store

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

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One note) Pre Installed

Internet Explorer 10

Device encryption

Connected standby

Microsoft Account


Installation of x86/64 and desktop software

Updated Windows Explorer

Windows Defender


Windows Update

Enhanced Task Manager

Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)

Better multiple monitor support

Storage Spaces

Windows Media Player

Exchange ActiveSync

File history

ISO / VHD mount

Mobile broadband features

Picture password

Play To

Remote Desktop (client)

Reset and refresh your PC


Touch and Thumb keyboard

Trusted boot

VPN client

BitLocker and BitLocker To Go

Boot from VHD

Client Hyper-V

Domain Join

Encrypting File System

Group Policy

Remote Desktop (host)


Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.



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