On Monday Microsoft announced that it would be carrying three SKU’s of its now official “Windows 8″ Operating System. The following SKU’s fall under the these names: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 RT. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will be the only editions that the consumers will be able to choose from seeing at Windows RT will be non-retail and only come preloaded on tablets from OEM’s. Windows 8 Pro differentiates from Windows 8 by offering virtualization, encryption, PC management and domain connectivity.
Windows 8 Pro is aimed at people who work in the enterprise considering its added software benefits. This really leaves consumers with one choice when it comes to selecting a Windows 8 edition. Windows RT (previously known as Windows on ARM ‘WOA’) will only come preloaded on tablets and Ultrabooks powered by ARM processors. This same devices with come with optimized with the full Office 15 package. The Release Candidate of Windows 8 is expected to come out by late Spring with most of the work of Windows 8 being completed by late summer. This makes a fall launch of Windows 8 very likely.
Windows Phone 8 (code-named ’Apollo’) is also rumored to launch around the same time and will support the same under-lying code structure as Windows 8 does, giving both platforms feature partiality.