Ahead of Windows 10’s release later this summer, Microsoft has detailed all the different versions that’ll be available, including Home, Mobile and Pro. There are actually quite a few different versions being planned, so Microsoft is obviously trying to cover all of the bases. Most people will just need to worry about Home, which the company says is the “consumer-focused desktop edition.”
Windows 10 Home will be the version that ships with most PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s when the software officially launches, and it’ll come with all the goodies, including Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Continuum and Windows Hello, a new face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login feature. Consumers won’t need to trouble themselves with anything beyond that, though there are other versions for business and the like.
In total, there are six different options, with education, enterprise, consumer and mobile users in mind. The Pro edition will feature everything you’d find in the Home version, but also come with “features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses.” Microsoft says the Pro version is a great choice for any businesses that have a Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) system, giving users the ability to easily manage different devices, apps and security features.
What’s particularly notable is that Microsoft has decided to go back to the “Windows Mobile” moniker, dubbing the release Windows 10 Mobile, rather than going with the recent Windows Phone nomenclature. The idea here is to keep a consistent naming scheme across all the different versions, and ensure that Microsoft relays this is an all-new release separate from something like Windows Phone 8.1.
We’re still waiting on an official release date, but even when Windows 10 does come out, the phone version isn’t expected to be available until after the desktop editions hit retail channels.
“We are making strong progress with Windows 10, and we are on track to make it available this summer,” Microsoft said. “Starting this fall, customers can expect ongoing innovation and security updates for their Windows 10 devices, including more advanced security and management capabilities for businesses.”
You can check out an early Technical Preview of Windows 10 now, or, if that’s not an option, you can check out a video we made of a recent update.