(Image source: Computerworld)

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR JIM FLINK

Can’t wait to upgrade from Windows 7? When Windows 8 hits the shelves, you’ll have some choices to make.

Microsoft has announced three versions of Windows 8. There’s vanilla Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, with more business features, and Windows RT, which will come preinstalled on computers and tablets running mobile processors.

Gizmodo says RT is the most interesting of the bunch.

“It’s going to mean Windows on more devices than ever before and this is where Metro apps—and the entire Metro experience for that matter—should really and truly shine.”

But GigaOM wonders, given Microsoft has invested so much in its Windows 8 brand — why launch a major product with a different name?

“…it’s quite surprising that the ARM-based tablets–perhaps Microsoft’s best shot at breaking into the mobile computing market dominated by its old nemesis Apple–will carry a strange-sounding brand that has no relation to Windows 8.”

Three versions is certainly simpler than the six flavors of Windows 7 you could choose from. But FastCompany says if you need a reference chart to know what you’re getting, the product is still too complex.

“Microsoft has long faced criticism for ‘spamming’ buyers with numerous Windows versions, sometimes for no clear purpose other than lining MS’s pockets. This list is smaller than Windows 7 suffered, but it still needs a cross-reference table to explain the different packages’ powers.”

But BetaNews applauds the streamlining.

“Someone pinch me and pray tell I’m not dreaming. The only thing better than this would be lower pricing, which, admittedly, I’m not hopeful for. But one can dream within the dream!”

Microsoft didn’t mention any release dates in its blog post, but promises more info on pricing and availability in the coming months.
 

Windows 8 Pared to Three Versions

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Apr 17, 2012

Windows 8 Pared to Three Versions

 


(Image source: Computerworld)

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR JIM FLINK

Can’t wait to upgrade from Windows 7? When Windows 8 hits the shelves, you’ll have some choices to make.

Microsoft has announced three versions of Windows 8. There’s vanilla Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, with more business features, and Windows RT, which will come preinstalled on computers and tablets running mobile processors.

Gizmodo says RT is the most interesting of the bunch.

“It’s going to mean Windows on more devices than ever before and this is where Metro apps—and the entire Metro experience for that matter—should really and truly shine.”

But GigaOM wonders, given Microsoft has invested so much in its Windows 8 brand — why launch a major product with a different name?

“…it’s quite surprising that the ARM-based tablets–perhaps Microsoft’s best shot at breaking into the mobile computing market dominated by its old nemesis Apple–will carry a strange-sounding brand that has no relation to Windows 8.”

Three versions is certainly simpler than the six flavors of Windows 7 you could choose from. But FastCompany says if you need a reference chart to know what you’re getting, the product is still too complex.

“Microsoft has long faced criticism for ‘spamming’ buyers with numerous Windows versions, sometimes for no clear purpose other than lining MS’s pockets. This list is smaller than Windows 7 suffered, but it still needs a cross-reference table to explain the different packages’ powers.”

But BetaNews applauds the streamlining.

“Someone pinch me and pray tell I’m not dreaming. The only thing better than this would be lower pricing, which, admittedly, I’m not hopeful for. But one can dream within the dream!”

Microsoft didn’t mention any release dates in its blog post, but promises more info on pricing and availability in the coming months.
 

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