Windows 10 is available now in the editions Pro and Home. Customers using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can enjoy a free upgrade* to Windows 10 in the first year.
Windows 10 Pro features
Windows 10 Pro is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1 appliances. To meet the requirements of small to medium-sized enterprises, it offers numerous features in addition to the innovative and familiar features of the Home version.
Windows 10 Pro assists business users by
- effectively and efficiently managing devices and apps
- protecting sensitive business data
- supporting remote and mobile productivity scenarios
- deploying cloud technologies
Windows 10 Pro devices are ideal for enterprises and organisations who want to give their employees the possibility to work with their own personal devices at work – supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) scenarios. Windows 10 Pro also enables users to use the new "Windows Update for Business" feature.
This reduces administration costs and supports various new options. These include
- management options by installing updates
- fast access to security updates and
- continuous access to the latest Microsoft innovations.
Requirements of today's working environment
Windows 10 is made to meet the requirements of today's working environment. As you well know, your work and private life are changing:
- Blurring between work and private life
- Laptops, tablets, smartphones, everywhere in all networks
- Company's own and private devices, data and apps
- Heterogeneous IT infrastructure (Windows, Android, iOS, Chrome)
- Shorter update cycles, less device lifecycles
- SaaS applications and file release services
- Access control covers companies, apps and users
- Cloud-based management with less control
- Malware risk: Spying and cyber weapons
- Internal and external network hacking
- Dynamic selection of devices
One of the major strengths of Windows 10 in response to these changes is in its design as an overall eco system: an operating system and an app platform in one – across all types of devices. Companies are well equipped to manage the increasing demand on devices such as smartphones, tablets and touch-compatible all-in-one PCs which users are investing in increasingly in addition to conventional PCs and notebooks. Windows 10 is also the ideal platform to deploy stationary and mobile enterprise solutions.
Comparison of versions
|Group Policy Management||x||x||x|
|Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EM IE)||x||x||x|
|Assigned Access 8.1||x||x||x|
|Windows To Go Creator||x||x|
|Start Screen Control with Group Policy||x||x|
|Side-loading of line of business apps||x||x||x||x|
|Mobile device management||x||x||x||x|
|Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps||x||x||x|
|Business Store for Windows 10||x||x||x|
|Granular UX Control||x||x|
|Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition||x||x|
|Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition||x||x|
|Enterprise Data Protection||x||x||x|
|Windows Update for Business||x||x||x|
|Current Branch for Business||x||x||x|
|Long Term Servicing Branch||x|
|Current Branch||Current Branch for Business||Long Term Servicing Branch|
|Windows 10 Home||x|
|Windows 10 Professional||x|
|Windows 10 Enterprise||x||x|
|Windows 10 Education||x|
Security updates, features and fixes are installed automatically for Windows Home users and these cannot be changed or postponed.
Current Branch for Business (CBB):
Allows security updates, features and fixes to be modified and postponed. As these updates can be required for use, it is not possible to postpone installation indefinitely. CBB offers a short period to test features before manually installing updates.
Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB):
Only available for volume licensing customers under Windows 10 Enterprise. Allows enterprises to postpone updates indefinitely. Microsoft does not recommend this as regular updates can reveal discrepancies between customer and business operating systems. Offers the option to install security updates automatically.
Upgrade & downgrade options
The Microsoft free update offers your customers the chance to upgrade for free if their devices have licenses for the following editions:
- Windows 8 or 8.1 Pro >> Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 8 or 8.1 >> Windows 10 Home
- Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate >> Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium >> Windows 10 Home
Please note that Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 update must be installed before you can upgrade.
With Lynx, you can also purchase downgrade rights to the previous two versions for new devices with Windows 10 Pro in OEM version :
- Windows 10 Pro (OEM) >> Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 10 Pro (OEM) >> Windows 8.1 Pro
Are you using Windows 7?
- Test Windows 8.1 and get familiar with touch scenarios.
- Plan to deploy Windows 10 on all devices.
- Update to Internet Explorer 11 by January 2016.
Are you using Windows 8?
- Update to Windows 8.1. by January 2016.
- Plan to deploy Windows 10 on all devices.
Are you testing, using or deploying Windows 8.1?
- Upgrade all devices to Windows 10.
- Cortana is only currently available on Windows 10 for the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.
Speech recognition will vary by device microphone. For better speech experience you will need a:
- High fidelity microphone array
- Hardware driver with Microphone array geometry exposed
- Windows Hello requires specialized illuminated infrared camera for facial recognition or iris detection or a finger print reader which supports the Window Biometric Framework.
- Continuum is available on all Windows 10 editions by manually turning “tablet mode” on and off through the Action Center. Tablets and 2-in-1’s with GPIO indicators or those that have a laptop and slate indicator will be able to be configured to enter “tablet mode” automatically.
- Two factor authentication requires the use of a PIN, Biometric (finger print reader or illuminated infrared camera), or a phone with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capabilities.
- The number of applications that can be snapped will depend upon the minimum resolution for the application.
- To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch.
Microsoft account required for some features.
- Internet access (ISP) fees might apply.
- Secure boot requires firmware that supports UEFI v2.3.1 Errata B and has the Microsoft Windows Certification Authority in the UEFI signature database.
- Some IT administrators may enable Secure Logon (Ctrl + Alt + Del) before bringing you to the log in screen. On tablets without a keyboard, a tablet with the Windows button maybe required as the key combination on a tablet is Windows button + Power button.
- Processor: Processor or SoC with minimum 1 GHz
- RAM: 1GB for 32-Bit or 2GB for 64-Bit
- HDD: 16 GB for 32-Bit or 20 GB for 64-Bit
- Grafic-Card: DirectX 9 or higher with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Resolution: 1024×600
- The upgradeability of a device has factors beyond the system specification. This includes driver and firmware support, application compatibility, and feature support, regardless of whether or not the device meets the minimum system specification for Windows 10.
- If your PC or tablet is currently running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, you can check to see if it meets the requirements by using ‘Check my PC’ in the Get Windows 10 app.
Applications, files and settings will migrate as part of the upgrade, however some applications or settings may not migrate.
- For Anti-virus and Anti-malware applications, during upgrade Windows will check to see if your Anti-virus or Anti-malware subscription is current. Windows will uninstall your application while preserving your settings. After upgrade is complete, Windows will install the latest version available with the settings that were set prior to upgrade. If your subscription is not current, upgrade will enable Windows defender.
- Some applications that came from your OEM may be removed prior to upgrade.
- For certain third party applications, the “Get Windows 10” app will scan for application compatibility. If there is a known issue that will prevent the upgrade, you will be notified of the list of applications with known issues. You can choose to accept and the applications will be removed from the system prior to upgrade. Please copy the list before you accept the removal of the application.
* This upgrade offer from Microsoft is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you have upgraded, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices that you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. Devices must be connected to the Internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 updates are required. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit the Microsoft Windows 10 Specifications page. Windows 10 is automatically updated. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates.