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April 16, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Microsoft: Three editions of Windows 8 to be released

Microsoft announced today that it will be releasing three separate editions of Windows 8.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), there will be regular Windows 8, which Microsoft is targeting toward consumers, and Windows 8 Pro, for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals.

Windows 8 Pro “includes all the features in Windows 8 plus features for encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity,” according to Microsoft.

The Windows on ARM version (previously referred to by Microsoft as WOA) will be called Windows RT. It will be available only pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and “will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life,” according to Microsoft.

Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, according to an official blog post.

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