A total of six different Windows 10 SKUs will be available when the OS officially launches: Home, Mobile, Pro, Enterprise, Education, and Mobile Enterprise. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not disclosed the standalone pricing for each SKU, nor what each edition will feature and licensing specifics. Fortunately, Microsoft will be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for those who are running a machine with Windows 7, Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.1 for the first year of availability.
Here’s the Windows 10 SKUs Microsoft announced today:
Windows 10 Home: This is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It will offer a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets, and 2-in-1s and will include core features like Edge browser, Cortana integration, Music and Video apps, free Photos, Maps, Mail, and Calendar, and Windows Hello face-recognition/iris/fingerprint log-in capabilities. Those use Windows 10 Home on devices with screen sizes of 10.1 inches or less will also be able to receive Universal Office apps for free.
Windows 10 Pro: Mobile workers, tech enthusiasts, and other power users are being targeted for this SKU. Pro and Enterprise users can opt for Windows Update for Business which allows admins to opt to not receive all feature and security updates as soon as they become available.
Windows 10 Enterprise: Volume-licensing customers will be able to pick up this version of Windows 10. It’ll allow users to gain access to the Long Term Servicing Branch of Windows 10, which they can opt to receive security fixes only and no new features from Microsoft as they roll out.
Windows 10 Education: Staff, administrators, students, and teachers will be able to receive this version of Windows 10 through academic Volume Licensing. Microsoft says there will be paths for schools and students to upgrade from Windows 10 Home and Pro, although no information on how exactly that’ll occur has been detailed.
Windows 10 Mobile: This Windows SKU is designed for Windows Phones and small Intel- and ARM-based tablets. The core Windows 10 features are included as well as free Universal Office apps and Continuum for Phone support.
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: This version is for volume licensing customers only as it incorporates the latest security and feature updates to Windows 10 once they’re available.
A total of four main SKUs were made available for Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT, and Windows 8 Enterprise. With the announcement of six different SKUs, it’s obvious Microsoft wants to branch its next operating system to as many devices as possible, which could very well make it much easier to integrate many of its features. But one question still remains: Will we be able to stream our Xbox One games to all of these Windows 10 SKUs?