Windows 8 to come in 3 flavors

Microsoft is really simplifying things this go-around and they are certainly making me proud.  Not only is this a very anticipated release of Windows; it is rightfully so.  Windows 8 will come in the following versions:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows RT – for tablet devices; will come pre-installed and will not be available for direct purchase

All of the versions will have the metro interface (Windows RT will be limited to just metro) and will be able to run all metro apps.  However, Windows 8 and 8 Pro will be limited to the desktop users that require use of the traditional desktop and metro to complete one powerful experience.

Not only does Windows 8 offer a lot of promise for the consumer; it almost offers more for enterprise.  This is a REAL tablet that corporations have been waiting for — not some toy like Apple’s iPad.  This will put a solution in corporate America’s hand that will allow it to run legitimate software on a mobile device, not just some fancy app with a work-around.

Bottom line:  Microsoft will not fail with this release; expect great things from Redmond this year.