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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 will come in 7 different editions

Published May 13th, 2015 8:40PM EDT
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Bit by bit, we’re learning everything there is to know about Microsoft’s next operating system. Just this week Microsoft’s Gabe Aul seemingly confirmed that every participant of the Windows Insider program, regardless of platform, will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.

On Wednesday, Microsoft went a step further and outlined each of the Windows 10 Editions that will launch this summer.

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“As in the past, we will offer different Windows editions that are tailored for various device families and uses,” writes Corporate VP Tony Prophet on the Windows Blog. “These different editions address specific needs of our various customers, from consumers to small businesses to the largest enterprises.”

Here are the seven different editions of Windows 10 that Microsoft will offer:

  • Windows 10 Home: The consumer-focused desktop edition.
  • Windows 10 Mobile: Brings universal Windows 10 apps to mobile devices.
  • Windows 10 Pro: The desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s meant for small businesses.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise: An upgraded version of Windows 10 Pro for larger organizations.
  • Windows 10 Education: Meets the needs of schools; available through academic Volume Licensing.
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise: Intended for business customers on smartphones and tablets.
  • Windows 10 IoT: For small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.

The full versions of Windows 10 Home, Mobile and Pro will be available to all Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users who upgrade within the first year after launch.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.