Microsoft has announced the names for all the versions of its upcoming Windows 8 OS. The most interest is Microsoft’s name for the version running on ARM processors. The version of Windows 8 that runs on ARM will be called Windows RT. It will join its older brothers Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise.
Windows RT will differ from the other versions in that it will only be available for purchase already installed on ARM hardware. The ARM devices will also ship with the Office suite installed, but no other desktop apps can be installed. Windows RT devices rely solely on the Windows Store and Metro apps. Windows RT will also lack the traditional Windows Media Player and most of the enterprise features in Windows 8 Pro.
Windows Media Center will not come pre-installed on Windows 8 Pro. Instead it will be offered at a digital download “media pack” for those that want its functionality.
Despite the split between x86 and ARM architecture Microsoft is still claiming ”all editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.” But ultimately time will tell. Especially once consumers are able to try out Windows 8 on ARM for themselves.