Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education Features Comparison [Chart]
With Windows 10 due for launch at the end of this month, Microsoft has just released a comprehensive comparison chart outlining the key differences of its upcoming desktop operating system iterations. So if you were wondering what bells and whistles the software giant had packed into the OS, this would be the perfect place to start your journey.
Microsoft published a blog post quite a while back which identified seven Windows 10 editions in total, including two designed for phones and one for Internet of Things devices. At that time, while there was some insight provided into the features that each edition will offer once released, but it wasn’t enough to help users make decision on which edition is right for them.
And so now on a dedicated page, the company is comparing the desktop versions which comprise of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education with the features split between two types of experiences: Core Experiences and Business Experiences.
All four desktop editions happen to carry the same set of core features, be it the Home edition, or the Enterprise one. You get the good ol’ customizable Start Menu, the forever on-guard Windows Defender and Windows Firewall, the new InstantGo feature for fast startup, and of course the highly anticipated voice assistant Cortana. Windows Hello, Continuum and the new Microsoft Edge browser are also listed as the core features for all four Windows 10 editions.
All the major differences however, are set on the Business Experiences front. For example, you may have device encryption available on Home edition and the rest of the editions, but features like Domain Join, BitLocker, Remote Desktop Access etc. will be missing from the entry level edition.
Some features mentioned in the comparison chart will be dependent on specific hardware, or a particular firmware, for that matter. This information has been detailed in the footnotes below, which also includes an update regarding the Enterprise Data Protection. Apparently the feature will arrive “sometime later” after Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education is released.
Windows 10 is due to launch this month on the 29th, and will be a free upgrade for all users running licensed copies of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.