The software company has made repeated mentions of the idea that Windows 10 is a single platform, capable of serving any number of device form factors. That’s true, but the company has tuned the operating in a number of ways. (For an early look at Windows 10 Mobile in action, head here.)
Here’ the breakdown:
- Windows 10 Home: Windows 10 for your parents.
- Windows 10 Mobile: Windows 10 for your friend who has a Windows Phone.
- Windows 10 Pro: Windows 10 for business folks.
- Windows 10 Enterprise: Windows 10 for, ahem, the enterprise.
- Windows 10 Education: Volume-purchasable build for schools.
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: Those enterprise devices aren’t going to manage themselves!
- Windows 10 IoT Core: Windows 10 for ATMs and other things that you don’t think about too often.
Microsoft confirmed in its blog post that Windows 10 is still “on track” to become generally available sometime this summer. According to the firm, the number of people testing Windows 10 has scaled to 3.9 million. The company has repeatedly updated that number, which it evidently views as strong.
I had hoped that Microsoft was just going to call the damn thing Windows 10, but it seems that naming schemes of histories past were a bit too much to slough off.