Ready or not, Windows 8 is coming – most likely in October of this year. With Windows 7, users had a lengthy list of choices: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and the Enterprise versions of Windows 7. With Windows 8, there’s going to be only two choices for the average Joe: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. No confusing charts of versions & features. No paying extra for a version you really don’t need EXCEPT for one or two features that this particular one has.

Windows 8 is going to fit the bill for most home & business users. Windows 8 Pro will have features that really only apply to higher end businesses and institutions.

There are two other versions of Windows 8 but you really don’t have to worry about them. The first, Windows 8 RT is designed for use on computers, tablets and smart phone using the ARM processor. (The ARM processor uses RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing. If you want to know more about RISC, drop me a line.) RT will come – in most cases – pre-installed on tablets, smart phones, etc. The other edition is Windows 8 Enterprise which is intended for the big boys to use.

There’s only one feature in Windows 8 Pro that interests me and that is the ability for the machine to act as a host for Remote Desktop. There are, of course, other ways to connect to your desktop remotely – like LogMeIn – but I’m a fan of Remote Desktop. I’ve used it extensively over the past few years and it’s just cleaner and easier to use than other products.

Finally, I’m going to recommend that the average user wait a while before moving to Windows 8 unless you have no other choice like you’re getting a new PC and it only comes with 8. Windows 8 is a radical new design as far as the user interface goes and it is probably best to wait until there are a few add-ons that will make 8 feel like home.


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