Howse, Brett (July 2, 2015).Windows 10 Editions Compared.
Windows 10 Team is a device-specific version of Windows 10 loaded onto theSurface Hub.
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Prophet, Tony (May 13, troducing Windows 10 Editions.
Windows 10 Pro adds additional features that are oriented towards business environments andpower users. It is functionally equivalent toWindows 8.1Pro.
Windows 10 Enterprise provides all the features of Windows 10 Pro, with additional features to assist with IT-based organizations, and is functionally equivalent to Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
Paul, Ian (April 18, 2017).How to defer future updates in the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Tung, Liam.Windows 10 to permit block on apps installing if theyre not from Microsoft Store.
Microsoft made a version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government.
There are four telemetry levels, in the order of magnitude: Security, basic, advanced, and full. The higher the level, the more information are sent to Microsoft.
Windows 10 Mobileis designed for smartphones and small tablets. It includes all basic consumer features, including Continuum capability. It is the
In March 2018, Microsoft announced that it would be phasing out Windows 10 S, citing confusion among manufacturers and end-users. Microsoft plans to replace this edition with the ability for vendors to ship their Windows 10
Thurrott, Paul (February 10, 2017).Ask Paul: Is Windows To Go Coming to Windows 10 Pro?.
successor ofWindows Phone 8.1andWindows RT.
Lindsay, Greg; Huang, Yufei; Brower, Nick; de Guzman, Celeste; Lich, Brian (January 18, 2018).Windows 10 edition upgrade.
System settings are locked to only allow Microsoft Edge as the default web browser withBingas its search engine.
Designed specifically for use in small footprint, low-cost devices andIoTscenarios. It is a rebranded version of Microsofts earlier embedded operating systems,Windows Embedded. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise is a binary equivalent to Windows 10 Enterprise.
Windows 10 Enterprise is configurable on three branches,
Overview of Windows as a service. Microsoft
User experiencecontrol and lockdown
TrendForce Adjusts Notebooks Unit Memory Capacity for 2015 Down by 3~5% due to Microsofts New License Fee Arrangement for Windows 10.
Windows Server 2016, the sibling of Windows 10 designed for servers
Three editions are already announced: IoT Core, IoT Enterprise, and IoT Mobile Enterprise.
Feature is partly present in the given edition
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Start screen control with Group Policy
Windows 10 Education is distributed through Academic Volume Licensing. Initially, it was reported to have the same feature set as Windows 10 Enterprise.
Slater-Robins, Max.Microsoft is helping manufacturers make cheap tablets that can run Windows as well as Android.
Microsoft admits Windows 10 S was confusing, new S Mode upgrades will be free.
Warren, Tom (April 20, 2017).Microsoft will now release major Windows 10 updates every March and September.
Myerson, Terry (May 23, 2017).Announcing Windows 10 China Government Edition and the new Surface Pro.
Cortana is available only in certain markets. Experience may vary by region and device.
Feature is absent from the given edition
Ron (August 2, 2015).Grab the Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 N and Windows 10 KN editions.
Warren, Tom.Windows 10 S wont let you change the default browser or switch to Google search.
, previously known as Current Branch for Business (CBB), distributes feature updates on a four-month delay from their original release to the Semi-Annual Channel. This allows customers and vendors to evaluate and perform additional testing on new builds before broader deployments. Devices can be switched back to the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) at any time. The Semi-Annual Channel is not available on Windows 10 Home.
Windows 10 S is a feature-limited edition of Windows 10 designed primarily for low-end devices in the education market. It has a faster initial setup and login process, and allows devices to be provisioned using a USB drive with the Set Up School PCs app. Windows 10 S only allows the installation of software (bothUniversal Windows PlatformandWindows APIapps) fromWindows Store, althoughcommand lineprograms or shells (even from Windows Store) are not allowed.
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Foley, Mary Jo(August 10, 2017).Microsoft confirms new Windows 10 Pro for Workstations edition.
According to a Microsoft announcement, this branch will be renamed
On Windows 10 Pro, a Control Panel applet corresponding to this feature appears, but a Windows 10 Enterprise or Education image is still needed.
, previously known as the Current Branch (CB), distributes all feature updates as they graduate from the Windows Insider branch. Microsoft only supports the latest build. As of version 1703, additional settings are provided to pause or defer feature updates for a specified length of time, but they are not available on Windows 10 Home.
Compare Windows 10 Pro & Enterprise (E3 & E5) Commercial Editions.
At the time of launch, Microsoft deemedWindows 7(with Service Pack 1),Windows 8andWindows 8.1users eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge, so long as the upgrade takes place within one year of Windows 10s initial release date. Windows RT and the respective Enterprise editions of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 were excluded from this offer.43
This branch is exclusively available for Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB edition and distributes snapshots of this edition that are updated every 2-3 years. LTSB builds adhere to Microsofts traditional support policy which was in effect before Windows 10: They are not updated with new features, and are supported with critical updates for 10 years after their release. Microsoft officially discourages the use of LTSB outside of special-purpose devices that perform a fixed function and thus do not require new user experience features. As a result, it excludes Windows Store, most Cortana functionality, and most bundled apps (includingMicrosoft Edge).
Diaconu, Klaus (August 10, 2017).Microsoft announces Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
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All Windows 10 S devices include a free one-year subscription to
Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Leonhard, Woody (March 1, 2017).Put Windows 10 updates on holdnow available in Creators Update build 15046.
Trent, Rod (June 9, 2015).Windows 10 Upgrade Paths.
Windows 10 S is Microsofts answer to Chrome OS.
Windows 10 Team Anniversary Update now available for Microsoft Surface Hub.
The 2019 release of this edition is expected to be called Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC.
Credential Guard (Pass the hashmitigations)
Baseline editions are the only editions available as standalone purchases in the retail outlets.
The following table summarizes possible upgrade paths that can be taken, provided that proper licenses are purchased.
Windows Preinstallation Environment
Microsoft OEM licensing formula takes display size, RAM capacity and storage capacity into account. In mid-2015, devices with 4GB RAM were expected to be $20 more expensive than devices with 2GB RAM.42
This edition was introduced in July 2016 for hardware partners on new devices purchased with the discountedK12academic license. It features a Set Up School PCs app that allows provisioning of settings using aUSB flash drive, and does not include Cortana, Windows Store suggestions or Windows Spotlight.
Feature is partly present in the given edition, after installing a certain update (It might have been fully present prior to that update, or not present at all)
Feature is present in the given edition after installing a certain update
As of version 1709, however, this edition has fewer features. SeeComparison chartfor details
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE)
Feature is present in the given edition
Valdez Ruggiero, Augusto (December 15, 2017).Windows 10 Pro for Workstations: Power through advanced workloads.
Bott, Ed (May 14, 2015).Windows 10 editions: Everything you need to know.
Foley, Mary Jo (July 27, 2016).Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Pro Education edition to its line-up.
As with Windows 8.1, a reduced-price Windows 10 with Bing SKU is available toOEMs; it is subsidized by having MicrosoftsBingsearch engine set as default, which cannot be changed to a different search engine by OEMs. It is intended primarily for low-cost devices, and is otherwise identical to Windows 10Home.30
By December 15, 2017, this edition was available pre-installed on twoDellworkstations.
On August 10, 2017, Microsoft announced a Pro for Workstations edition to be made available in September, along with the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. This edition is designed for high-end hardware for intensive computing tasks and supportsIntel XeonAMD Opteron, or latestAMD Epycprocessors, up to four CPUs, up to 6TB RAM, theReFSfile system, Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Module (NVDIMM) andremote direct memory access(RDMA).
New releases of Windows10, calledfeature updates,6are released twice a year as a free update for existing Windows 10 users. Each feature update contains new features and other changes to the operating system.45The pace at which a system receives feature updates is dependent on the release branch from which the system downloads its updates. Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education can optionally use a branch that receives updates at a slower pace. These modes can be managed through system settings,Windows Server Update Services(WSUS), Windows Update for Business,Group Policyor throughmobile device managementsystems such asMicrosoft Intune.6
Windows 10 Home, Pro and S editions can upgrade to this edition. This edition can be upgraded to Pro Education, Enterprise or Education editions of Windows 10.
Keizer, Gregg (November 17, 2015).How to defer upgrades and updates in Windows 10 Pro.
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise provides all the features inWindows 10 Mobile, with additional features to assist with IT-based organizations, in a manner similar to Windows 10 Enterprise, but optimized for mobile devices.
Lindsay, Greg; Lich, Brian (April 5, 2017).Windows 10 upgrade paths.
The operating system may be upgraded to Windows 10
These editions add features to facilitate centralized control of many installations of the OS within an organization. The main avenue of acquiring them is avolume licensingcontract with Microsoft.
Xbox One system software, an operating system based on the Windows 10 core, designed to run on consoles
These editions are licensed todevice manufacturersonly. The main avenue of purchasing these editions is through buying a specific device (e.g.smartphones) that have them pre-installed.
Windows Insideris abeta testingprogram that allows access to pre-release builds of Windows 10; it is designed to allow power users, developers, and vendors to test and provide feedback on future feature updates to Windows 10 as they are developed. Windows Insider itself consists of three rings, fast (which receives new builds as they are released), Slow (which receives new builds on a delay after it is deployed to Fast ring users), and Release Preview.
. Critics have compared the edition toWindows RT, and have considered it to be a competitor toChrome OS.
Enterprise LTSB is a long-term support version of Windows 10 Enterprise released every 2 to 3 years. They are supported with security updates for 10 years after their release, and intentionally receive no feature updates. Some features, including theWindows Storeand bundled apps, are not included in this edition.
Compare Windows 10 Editions & Versions Home & Pro.
Dudau, Vlad (June 10, 2015).Microsoft shows OEMs how to market Windows 10; talks features and SKUs.
Turner, Rich.Will Linux distros run on Windows 10 S?. Microsoft
) in 2019, to match the name changes mentioned above.
Windows 10 Cloud looks just like Windows 10 in leaked screenshots.
Foley, Mary Jo (June 9, 2015).Some Windows 10 Enterprise users wont get Microsofts Edge browser.
Niehaus, Michael; Lich, Brian.Windows To Go frequently asked questions (Windows 10).
Foley, Mary Jo (December 3, 2015).Microsoft updates Windows 10 IoT, adds new Core Pro version.
As with previous versions of Windows since XP, all Windows 10 editions for PC hardware have N and KN variations in Europe and South Korea that exclude certain bundled multimedia functionality, including media players and related components, in order to comply withantitrustrulings. The Media Feature Pack can be installed to restore these features.29
In May 2017, it was reported that Microsoft had, as part of its partnership withChina Electronics Technology Group, created a specially-modified version of Windows 10Enterprisedesigned for use within branches of the Chinese government. This version is pre-configured to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees, and allow the use of its internal encryption algorithms.3132
Windows 10 Home is designed for use in PCs, tablets and2-in-1 PCs. It includes all consumer-directed features.
, all with varying feature sets, use cases, or intended devices. Certain editions are distributed only on devices directly from adevice manufacturer, while editions such asare only available throughvolume licensingchannels. Microsoft also makes editions of Windows 10 available to device manufacturers for use on specific classes of devices, includingsmartphonesWindows 10 Mobile) andIoT devices.
Warren, Tom (June 19, 2017).Microsoft now lets Surface Laptop owners revert back to Windows 10 S.
Foley, Mary Jo (July 2, 2015).Which Windows 10 editions get which features?.
Chacos, et Windows 10 S, a streamlined, simplified, Windows Store-only OS for schools.
Bright, Peter (September 14, 2016).Desktop apps make their way into the Windows Store.
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack(MDOP)
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Gartenberg, Chaim (May 19, 2017).Linux distros wont run on Windows 10 S after all.
DaniHalfin.Assign devices to servicing branches for Windows 10 updates (Windows 10).
devices in S Mode, wherein Windows defaults to only allowing applications to be installed from Windows Store, but does not require payment in order to disable these restrictions.
Leaked Microsoft document confirms Windows 10 Cloud and a Chromebook competitor.
Configure Windows telemetry in your organization.
Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, such as a fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensor.
Warren, Tom (August 10, 2017).Microsoft reveals new Windows 10 Workstations edition for power users.
for a fee, to enable unrestricted software installation.
How can Windows To Go be deployed in an organization? [~snip~] A Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education image
Brinkmann, Martin (July 28, 2017).Windows 10 LTSB becomes Windows 10 LTSC.