Microsoft windows 8 was launched on 26th October 2012 with completely redesigned user interface and fast processing speed. Microsoft has done a lot of changes in Windows 8 to improve the booting speed, home screen design, security and interface of Windows.
Windows 8 comes in three versions - Windows 8, Windows 8 pro and Windows RT. Each version is completely different with one another and has its own importance. So if you are wondering about the information on what these three different versions stands for or which of these is suitable for your home or office use, here is the answer.
Windows 8: Windows 8 is the basic version falls under the Windows 8 family and contains almost all the features of other versions. Windows 8 comes pre-installed on desktop, laptops, PC's etc.. It is also available as standalone retail boxes which users can download and install on their current PC. Windows 8 supports third party applications or Apps from Windows 8 app store.
Windows 8 Pro: Windows 8 Pro is the professional version of Windows 8 and can be upgraded from Windows 7 (yes, you can't upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7). It can be easily adjusted with any new PC or an old home PC with compatible hardware as well as comes in already installed mode with tablet.
Windows 8 RT: Windows 8 RT stands for 'Runtime' or also called Microsoft surface. Windows 8 RT is specially built to be used for ARM enabled devices. Microsoft breaks the long held record of not making Windows compatible with ARM processors. Windows RT completely differ from Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and lacks some of the great features of Windows 8/Pro like remote control, network sharing, third party application support etc. Below is the detailed comparison and difference between these three.
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Full Comparison of Windows 8/Pro and Windows 8 RT
|Features||Windows 8||Windows 8 Pro||Windows 8 RT|
|Basic Windows 8 Apps like people, Mail, SkyDrive||Charms Bar, fast booting, removed traditional start button, apps store etc.||Charms Bar, fast booting, removed traditional start button, apps store etc.||Charms Bar, fast booting, removed traditional start button, apps store etc.|
|Browser||IE 10||IE 10||IE 10|
|Price and Upgrade Offers||$19 for Up-gradation, $39 USD for Retail Boxes||$19 for Up-gradation, $39 USD for Retail Boxes||You can't buy it, Comes Pre-Installed with Tablets or Ultrbooks|
|Carry Forward Old Windows Files and Settings||Yes||Yes||No|
|Processors||Any Latest Processors Like i3, i5 or i7||Any Latest Processors Like i3, i5 or i7||Only runs on ARM devices|
|Interface||Metro Interface, Can be tiled to Desktop||Metro Interface, Can be tiled to Desktop||Metro Interface, Can't be tiled to Desktop|
|Third Party Software Support||Supports existing Windows programs and supports third party applications||Supports existing Windows programs and supports third party applications||Comes preinstalled Office, can only use applications from Windows app store|
|Functionality||WPM, Storage Spaces, Windows to Go, Domain Support, Remote Desktop||WPM, Storage Spaces, Windows to Go, Domain Support, Remote Desktop||Only Xbox, Mail Sync, Browser Support etc.|
|Display||Varry according to size of the desktop||Varry according to size of the desktop, 10.6 Inches in surface||10.6 Inches in Surface and may vary in other tablets or ultrabook devices.|
|Old software support||Supports Old Windows software that runs in Windows 7, XP, Vista||Supports Old Windows software that runs in Windows 7, XP, Vista, This feature is restricted in Windows 8 Pro tablets||Can only run the latest Software designed only for Windows 8 RT enabled devices.|