Compare Features Between Windows 10 Editions
InformationThis tutorial will show you a comparison of Windows 10 editions to help find out which Windows is right for you.
Windows 10 has eight editions (excluding the four "N" editions), with varying feature sets and intended hardware.
Windows 10 Home is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It offers a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Windows 10 Home will help people do great things, both big and small. With it, they will be more productive and have more fun thanks to a long list of new innovations: Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant; the new Microsoft Edge web browser; Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and right out of the box, a broad range of universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video*.
We are also bringing the Xbox gaming experience to Windows 10, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community, enabling the capture and share of gameplay and giving Xbox One owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their home.
Windows 10 Pro is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Building upon both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses. Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage their devices and apps, protect their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies. Windows 10 Pro devices are a great choice for organizations supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) programs and prosumer customers. Windows 10 Pro also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis.
Windows 10 Enterprise builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information. Windows 10 Enterprise also supports the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers, so they can take advantage of the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. At the same time, they will be able to choose the pace at which they adopt new technology, including the option to use the new Windows Update for Business. With Windows 10, Enterprise customers will also have access to the Long Term Servicing Branch as a deployment option for their mission critical devices and environments. And as with prior versions of Windows, Active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) is like Windows 10 Enterprise but will not receive any feature updates, gives companies more control over the update process and is the most stripped down edition of Windows 10 available. It lacks the following applications and features:
- Store including most modern apps like Xbox, Contacts, etc.
- There are only four remaining modern apps: Contact Support, Search, Settings and Windows Feedback
- It is also not possible to reinstall the Store
- Windows Media Player (only N-Version)
The following applications are replaced with their old counter part:
- Modern Calculator is replaced with the original calc.exe
- Photos is replaced with Photo Viewer as used by Microsoft till Windows 8.1
Windows 10 Education builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.
Windows 10 Mobile is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office. Windows 10 Mobile offers great productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile will enable some new devices to take advantage of Continuum for phone, so people can use their phone like a PC when connected to a larger screen.
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers. It offers the great productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities that Windows 10 Mobile provides, and adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will incorporate the latest security and innovation features as soon as they are available.
Windows 10 IoT Core is for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways.
For more details, see:
- Introducing Windows 10 Editions | Blogging Windows
- Compare Windows 10 Editions
- Windows 10 editions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Customizable Start Menu Windows Defender & Windows Firewall N/A1 N/A Fast startup with Hiberboot and InstantGo2 N/A N/A TPM support3 Battery Saver
Your own personal assistant to help you get things done
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Talk or type naturally Personal and proactive suggestions Reminders Search web, device, and cloud “Hey Cortana” hands-free activation 5 5
A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Native fingerprint recognition Native facial and iris recognition Enterprise level biometric security
The best experience for doing what you do
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Virtual desktops N/A1 N/A Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen) N/A N/A Snap apps (across screens on different monitors) N/A N/A
Display your apps and content beautifully on every device
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Switch from PC to tablet mode Switch from mobile to PC mode
A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Reading view Built-in ink support Cortana integration4
Existing differentiated management and security features
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Domain Join N/A1 N/A Group Policy Management N/A N/A BitLocker N/A N/A Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE) N/A N/A Assigned Access N/A N/A Remote Desktop N/A N/A Client Hyper-V N/A N/A Direct Access N/A N/A Windows To Go creator N/A N/A AppLocker N/A N/A BranchCache N/A N/A Start Screen Control with Group Policy N/A N/A
Management and deployment
Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Side-loading of line of business apps 8 9 10 Mobile device management Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition Easy upgrade from Mobile to Mobile Enterprise Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11 Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12 Windows Store for Business13 Advanced granular UX Control Dynamic Provisioning
Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your device and infrastructure from modern threats
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Microsoft Passport14 Device Encryption15 Enterprise Data Protection8 BitLocker3 Credential Guard16 Device Guard17 Trusted Boot Conditional access
Delivering Windows as a service
Stay up to date with Windows
Home Pro Enterprise Education Mobile Mobile Enterprise Windows Update Windows Update for Business Current Branch for Business Long Term Servicing Branch
Note1 Not applicable
2 Requires InstantGo or device that passes the device encryption HCK test
3 Requires TPM 1.2 or greater for TPM based key protection
4 Cortana is available only in certain markets; Experience may vary by region and device; Requires Microsoft Account to use
5 Requires specialized hardware
6 Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors
7 Requires touch screen capabilities; App experiences may vary
8 EDP is planned to be made broadly available in mid-2016
9 Limit of 20 self-signed apps
10 Unlimited self-signed apps
11 Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory required
12 Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory Premium required
13 Available in selected markets. Payment methods will be added over time.
14 Microsoft Passport Requires TPM 1.2 or 2.0 hardware based protection of credential/keys; if no TPM exists or is configured, credentials/keys protection will be software based
15 Requires InstantGo or device that passes the “Device Encryption Requirements Test”
16 Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown; TPM 2.0 recommended for device health attestation (will use software if TPM 2.0 not present)
17 Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown, Device Guard does not have a TPM dependency
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