Eight Versions of Windows

File this under “it’s not released yet”, but Engadget pulled apart the Windows 8 Consumer Preview registry and found keys for eight … yes EIGHT … versions of Windows 8.


  • Windows 8 Starter
  • Windows 8 Home Basic
  • Windows 8 Home Premium
  • Windows 8 Professional
  • Windows 8 Professional Plus
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Enterprise Eval
  • Windows 8 Ultimate
  • Windows 8 ARM edition

I have to think that Microsoft is just playing with us right now. Granted, I’m guessing that a couple of those will not be available for anyone to purchase, but here are ALL of Apple’s current operating systems bring offered company-wide:

  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Lion Server (right now, an extra download for OS X Lion)
  • iOS

I guess you can add in the iPod OS as well, but you can’t purchase iOS or the iPod OS anywhere. Microsoft’s list doesn’t even include their server or mobile OS lines. For another look, here is what Ubuntu offers:

  • Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Server

Not an apple-to-apple comparison in either case but … honestly Microsoft, could you streamline things just a LITTLE bit?

2 replies on “Eight Versions of Windows”

Then you are an old fart. 😉

I’m not speaking about the relative usefulness of the OS, just how they are presented. Apple presents a single OS for you to purchase … OS X. From a customer standpoint, I like that.

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