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How Many Versions Of Windows 8?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, Quick Tips

Yesterday I told you about the six different versions of Windows 7 and how that can result in your version of Windows 7 looking and acting a little differently the someone else’s version of Windows 7. What about Windows 8?

For Windows 8 there are four versions.


Let’s start off with Windows RT, a scaled-down version of Windows intended for tablets. It could not run Windows desktop programs and ultimately proved unsuccessful, though many who used it liked it well enough. Microsoft decided to go with a full version of Windows for tablets in later models.

Windows 8 is the version aimed at home users.  Windows 8 Pro was marketed for business and home users that wanted more features.

Windows 8 Enterprise was aimed at business consumers and designed to be part of a network in a professional environment.

Of course when you add in the upgrades to 8.1 , and the later upgrades nicknamed Windows 8.1.1 – you’re looking at 12 different possible operating systems running on Windows devices.

So, how many versions of Windows 10 will there be? We don’t know yet, but Microsoft is pushing towards a One Windows concept that means the operating system gives the same experience across multiple devices.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “How Many Versions Of Windows 8?”

  1. Pat says:

    Wouldn’t it really make sense to have only one version of Windows 10. Microsoft is suppose to be a smart company but they are dearly failing their users with so many options. This is very job transient work force they are dealing with and it certainly would be a great asset to everyone – employers as well as new employees – to have people immediately skilled in using their systems. How hard would this be to figure out?????

    • cynthia says:

      Actually the goal of Windows 10 is “One Windows” that works across a variety of devices and changes interfaces according to the type of device you’re using. It’s understandable that there would be Enterprise and Personal versions of the software as businesses can have much different computing needs than individuals. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the features often bundled in different versions of Windows offered separately as programs that you add individually to one Windows.

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