Windows 10Windows Home vs Professional

With the Windows 10 release date growing closer, the company has released a long list of the different editions to their latest development. Globally launched in 190 countries on July 29th 2015, the main two editions are Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 consumer edition users; it can be reserved online now at no extra cost and will continue to be a free upgrade during the first year of launch. Once this year has come to an end, those wishing to download Windows 10 that haven’t already done so will be charged £100.

Windows 10 Home

Predicted to be the most popular version, Home includes the major features of Windows 10, such as the Microsoft Edge web browser and Cortana.

Home will pioneer the successor to the web browser Internet Explorer – named Microsoft Edge, and like with the Pro edition, Windows Home can be used on PCs, 2-in-ones and tablets.

Those with touch devices will be pleased to know that Windows 10 Home will be compatible with Continuum, allowing users to navigate desktop functions with the feel of a mobile platform and ease of use with a simplistic and sleek design.

Windows 10 Home even allows users to add Xbox One integration, enabling access to games libraries from any Windows 10 powered device.

To sum it up, Home is designed for the everyday user who wants to surf the net, access photos, music, mail, videos and calendar, making it ideal for personal use. The features in the Home edition of Windows 10 will be available in all seven versions available in the latest update.

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Windows 10 Pro

Expanding upon features found in Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro has been designed with the needs of small businesses or more tech-orientated people in mind. Users have the ability to use BitLocker encryption, remote desktop features and Hyper-V Virtualization.

Like Home, for those that are currently running the later Windows Pro edition will be able to upgrade to the latest Pro edition for no extra cost, and after the year there will be a charge to download the Pro. However, details of the charges involved have not yet been released.

In short, the Pro edition for the latest software released by Microsoft would be ideal for PC enthusiasts as well as small businesses whose needs are rapidly exceeding Windows 10 Home.

What the experts had to say

Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive VP of operating systems, released a written statement saying ‘Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders.

‘From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.’

‘If you reserved your copy of Windows 10, we will notify you once our compatibility work confirms you will have a great experience, and Windows 10 has been downloaded on your system.’

Comparison chart: Comparison of Windows 10 All Editions

Comparison of Windows 10 editions

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Alex Viall is the Director of Mustard IT, a London-based company that offers professional IT support to businesses across London and the Home Counties.