Windows team blog announced the Windows 8 editions  and confirmed that Windows 8 is the official product name for x86/64 editions of Windows operating system.  Like we have mentioned before Windows 8 is designed for desktops, laptops, tablets and touch screens or keyboard and mouse inputs. Lets have a look how you can choose the best Windows 8 edition for your computer.

If you are planning to upgrade or clean install Windows 8 for your PC, laptop, Ultrabook or tablet to Windows 8 then you have two options: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. If you are a basic user then Windows 8 will be the right choice. According to the blog it will include updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support and ability switch languages on the fly. Windows 8 Pro is specially designed for computer gigs and business and technical professionals. So, it includes all the features such as encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media center is going to be a add-on to Windows 8 Pro.

There there is another version of Windows 8, which is called Windows RT also known as Windows on ARM or WOA. This edition is only available pre-installed with PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors. This edition will have touch -optimized desktop version of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and OneNote.

Below is the Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT feature comparison (Source http://windowsteamblog.com)

Feature name Windows 8 Windows 8 Pro Windows RT
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium

x

x

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate x
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles x x x
Windows Store 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
Device encryption x
Connected standby x x x
Microsoft account x x x
Desktop x x x
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software x x
Updated Windows Explorer x x x
Windows Defender x x x
SmartScreen x x x
Windows Update 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
Storage Spaces x x
Windows Media Player x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x
File history x x x
ISO / VHD mount x x x
Mobile broadband features x x x
Picture password x x x
Play To x x x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x
Snap x x x
Touch and Thumb keyboard x x x
Trusted boot x x x
VPN client x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go x
Boot from VHD x
Client Hyper-V x
Domain Join x
Encrypting File System x
Group Policy x
Remote Desktop (host) x