With Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 being touted as one operating system across devices, as expected there will still be multiple editions for various devices and usage scenarios. Windows 10 will be used on everything from PCs and laptops to tablets, phones, the Xbox One, HoloLens, and Surface Hub and Microsoft states that “no matter which Windows 10 device our customers use, the experience will feel comfortable, and there will be a single, universal Windows Store where they can find, try and buy Universal Windows apps.”
Previously Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 device users for the first year after launch. As clarified before, once you’ve upgraded, Windows 10 is yours on that device forever. Microsoft has further clarified the free upgrade program by indicating that only the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows 10 Pro will be free.
Three other versions – Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – will also be offered, but will be sold and deployed to Microsoft’s Volume Licensing customers. As the names indicate, Windows 10 Enterprise and Mobile Enterprise are targeted at medium and large sized organizations, while Windows 10 Education is designed for all aspects of schools including staff, administrators, teachers, and students. Versions of the Enterprise editions will also be used for ATM’s and retail PoS systems and will also be the basis for Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) Core which can be used for devices like gateways.
Windows 10 is set to be released this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.Source: Windows Blog