Microsoft offers three different versions of Windows 8 SKUs – Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. Using Windows 8, user can use a touch screen or a keyboard and mouse – and switch anytime. It’s beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware. Microsoft says, all the three editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience. Microsoft has also confirmed that Windows 8 will be the official name of the new operating system.

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For home users, Windows 8 would be the right choice, it offers all the features that a normal Windows home user may need. Windows 8 brings the ability to switch languages on the fly and some other features, which were previously only available in Enterprise/Ultimate editions of Windows.

Windows 8 Pro has some more to offer for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals with a broader set of Windows 8 technologies. It includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity. Windows Media Center is available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro. If you are an enthusiast or you want to use your PC in a business environment, you will want Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft has also introduced Windows RT – Windows on ARM or WOA, the newest member of the Windows family. Windows RT is available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT includes touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

Difference Between Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT Editions

The chart below from Microsoft will show you the difference in the editions.

Windows 8 vs Windows 8 Pro vs Windows 8 RT

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