Windows 8 has moved forward by so many steps since the Consumer Preview. We’ve got so many more things. Some official, and some unofficial (If you know what I mean). So, let’s get straight to the official news first!
Windows 8 Announcement
Microsoft has officially announced the SKUs or editions that Windows 8 will come in. It’ll be available for x86, x64, and of course ARM PCs. For PCs with x86 or x64 processors, Microsoft’s gonna’ ship 2 editions of Windows 8, namely, ‘Windows 8’ and ‘Windows 8 Pro’. Yes, the first one’s just Windows 8, and the second is Windows 8 ‘Pro’. And that’s ‘ultimate’ (Pun intended) However, China, and a number of other small emerging markets, will receive a single language version of Windows 8, and that’s the ‘Windows 8 for China’ thing we showed in this post.
Windows 8 will contain most of the features that were previously available only for the Ultimate edition. Some others are offered by Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro will support a new ‘Media Pack’ which will be cheaply available and will add certain codecs, along with Windows Media Center. It is the same ‘Windows 8 Pro Pack’ that we talked about and showed here.
For ARM processor PCs, a new flavor will be available, which is called Windows RT. Note that Windows 8 is not Windows RT! It’s based on Windows 8 but is a completely different product. It’s lightweight and is available only pre-installed by OEMs, like Nokia. It’s likely to be merged with Windows Embedded Standard 8, but this is still not confirmed. Here is a comparison of the features available in the different editions (but it doesn’t mean that it contains only these features, many more are there). A cross means, Yes, that id there.
|Feature name||Windows 8||Windows 8 Pro||Windows RT|
|Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium||
|Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate||x|
|Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles||x||x||x|
|Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)||x||x||x|
|Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)||x|
|Internet Explorer 10||x||x||x|
|Installation of x86/64 and desktop software||x||x|
|Updated Windows Explorer||x||x||x|
|Enhanced Task Manager||x||x||x|
|Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)||x||x||x|
|Better multiple monitor support||x||x||x|
|Windows Media Player||x||x|
|ISO / VHD mount||x||x||x|
|Mobile broadband features||x||x||x|
|Remote Desktop (client)||x||x||x|
|Reset and refresh your PC||x||x||x|
|Touch and Thumb keyboard||x||x||x|
|BitLocker and BitLocker To Go||x|
|Boot from VHD||x|
|Encrypting File System||x|
|Remote Desktop (host)||x|
An Enterprise edition specifically for businesses, will also come.
I hope it wasn’t too boring. Well, for me, official news is always boring, ‘coz I’ve heard it before! And I like to share it. Here’s some good stuff.
Windows 8 will be released on November 6, 2012! A friend, Nawzil, is being thanked for this valuable info. :) Co-incidentally, Halo 4 is also being released on that day! *hehe*
Another piece of official news is that Microsoft has decided to rename Windows Server 8 as Windows Server 2012.
As for your next Windows 8 public preview, that is the RC (Release Candidate), you’ll have the Windows 8 Release Preview. :D Isn’t that cool? Now, we’ve got a couple of screenshots to explain!
We’ll start with the latest noticeable change, that is in the ribbon, and the buttons. Here are the buttons from Windows 8 Release Preview Build 832x:
Then, we move on to another really good part of the new UI, and that is the uniformity of flat controls. See this comparison (Sorry for Chinese, our source is Chinese :P):
Like it? Love it? Share with us.. :)
Then we have the desktop from the Single Language edition we talked about above:
The Start Screen is like this by default:
The All Apps page contains ‘Windows Anytime Upgrade’ as you can see here:
Also, according to our sources, the latest build from the WinMAIN lab is 8324. That’s all for today. Share your views below. :)
Have a nice day!