Windows 8 Pro details surface, incremental updates

We have already reported that the website WinUnleaked.tk has apparently managed to get a hold of a leaked internal build of Windows 8 and has revealed some information about that build along with some screenshots. Today, the site has posted up even more screenshots from this version of Windows 8, including word that one of the SKUs that will be available will be called Windows 8 Pro.

This is apparently the new name for what has previously been called the Professional version of Windows, although it is subject to change before the platform hits retail. The article claims that Windows 8 Pro has Windows to Go installed and also temporarily installed is the old bootscreen from the September released Windows 8 Developer Preview. The article also claims that the Windows 8 Pro SKU uses the M3 EULA and the Microsoft Confidential Winver branding, although both are likely to be temporary as well.

This build also does not contain Windows Media Center, although the article says this could be added back when the platform hits RTM.

Finally, the article notes that Windows 8 Pro has a feature in its UI that allows anyone to upgraded at any time to a more advanced SKU build, although this is not exclusive to Windows 8. The site promises to show more Windows 8 SKU versions in a future post.

Images via WinUnleaked.tk

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MS Lose32 said,
Professional -> Pro
Home Basic -> HoBo

HAHAHA!

I hope Home Basic gets killed, though. There's no need for a Home Basic version anymore.

MS Lose32 said,
Professional -> Pro
Home Basic -> HoBo

Shouldn't that be HoBa. Not much of a joke now but it's technically the correct abbreviation.

I guess this means Ultimate will still be around. Come on Microsoft, this is not 2001, end the SKU Ben & Jerry 31 flavours non-sense.

Mr. Dee said,
I guess this means Ultimate will still be around. Come on Microsoft, this is not 2001, end the SKU Ben & Jerry 31 flavours non-sense.

Because their business is software, they need variants to both pay for development and meet price points.
Not sure how you expect them to do that without removing features unnecessary to some users.

dotf said,

Because their business is software, they need variants to both pay for development and meet price points.
Not sure how you expect them to do that without removing features unnecessary to some users.

That does not make any sense, considering that they were meeting those price points back in 2001 with Home and Professional. Also, the majority of Windows 7 licenses out there I see on machines is Home Premium, with the exception being Professional. Even Microsoft admits Ultimate is not a hot seller. Enterprise is understandable considering its target customers, volume license who are doing large roll outs. The price point difference between Ultimate and Pro is by $20, what would justify having it for $20 extra not to mention the weird Anytime Upgrade price point from Professional to Ultimate? Another thing, hardware has become so powerful and comodotized that the cheapest Netbook today can power a premium edition of Windows without sacrificing performance, which nullfies the need to have basic SKU's or a need to have high premium sku's.

dotf said,

Because their business is software, they need variants to both pay for development and meet price points.
Not sure how you expect them to do that without removing features unnecessary to some users.

That does not make any sense, considering that they were meeting those price points back in 2001 with Home and Professional. Also, the majority of Windows 7 licenses out there I see on machines is Home Premium, with the exception being Professional. Even Microsoft admits Ultimate is not a hot seller. Enterprise is understandable considering its target customers, volume license who are doing large roll outs. The price point difference between Ultimate and Pro is by $20, what would justify having it for $20 extra not to mention the weird Anytime Upgrade price point from Professional to Ultimate? Another thing, hardware has become so powerful and comodotized that the cheapest Netbook today can power a premium edition of Windows without sacrificing performance, which nullfies the need to have basic SKU's or a need to have high premium sku's.

Is there a need to have a reboot using the anytime upgrade?
Metro interface, it sucks! I think moving to Windows 8 is downgrade.

Has anyone ever used anytime upgrade?

I've found it cheaper to buy an OEM license for the version I wanted, taking on my own support, rather than use this feature.

Yeah, it works fine.
I've never actually *bought* a license specifically for anytime upgrade. When you click to activate the feature, it asks for your Windows product key --- you can enter the key of a better SKU (no matter where you got the license from) and it will run the upgrade.

Never tried an OEM key, though.

Aaron44126 said,
Yeah, it works fine.
I've never actually *bought* a license specifically for anytime upgrade. When you click to activate the feature, it asks for your Windows product key --- you can enter the key of a better SKU (no matter where you got the license from) and it will run the upgrade.

Never tried an OEM key, though.

pro oem wont anytime upgrade to ultimate technet

Where's the Windows 8 b00bies edition for horny teenagers? LOL

I was kind of hoping that Anytime Upgrade stuff was going to die off.

what said,
Sounds hip and trendy. Microsoft are really cool now.

Nah, I'll wait for the "xX 360LeeT NoScOpE SkIlLShOTZ Xx" edition

kavazovangel said,
I hope the name is Professional, Pro just doesn't sound that much good for business uses to me.

I hope it really IS designed for professional use and not for a kid playing around with tiles and colors.

xpclient said,

I hope it really IS designed for professional use and not for a kid playing around with tiles and colors.

Metro isn't going away. If you've been paying attention, Metro will be included in all versions. It's really no secret Microsoft wants tiles.

xpclient said,

I hope it really IS designed for professional use and not for a kid playing around with tiles and colors.

People like you just make me sick. Go get a Mac and be done with it.