9/17/2015 3:19 PM
For those who made the switch to Windows 10 for free, you probably have Windows 10 Home edition. There are seven versions of Windows 10 but majority are not released to the public like the Enterprise and Education editions. However, there’s a Windows 10 Pro edition that’s publicly available. It promises better features over Windows 10 Home however it’s a paid version unless you already had Windows Pro edition originally.
If you’re considering upgrading, think first if you need the difference before you make the switch. Here’s a comparison of the different Windows 10 versions.
The difference between Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro is actually immaterial if you’re using your device for simple computing. Both editions come with Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant that helps you send emails, schedule tasks, find things in your computer and many other menial computer tasks.
Both comes with Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric authentication program that promises to provide a secure online experience since it can eliminate the use of passwords and rely solely on fingerprint, facial or iris recognition. Virtual desktop is also present in both editions which allows users to further organize their data and virtual workspaces. Of course, both comes with Edge, Microsoft’s latest browser that has features that can rival Firefox, Chrome and Opera.
The Windows 10 Pro Advantage
The difference is felt when you want to use Windows for business. In fact, Windows 10 Pro is designed for professionals who work in their computer for business reasons. The additional business functions available to Windows 10 Pro users are:
BitLocker – an encryption software that allows you to encrypt entire drives or select files
Enterprise Data Protection (EDP) – a data-loss prevention feature that helps you prevent accidental disclosure of sensitive and confidential business data
Remote Desktop Connection – this is possible only in Windows 10 Pro. Windows 10 Home can be remotely assisted but not remotely controlled.
Client Hyper-V – the ability to create secure virtual environments inside your PC that allows you to run two different operating systems like Linux and Windows 10
Windows Update – Windows 10 Pro allows you to choose which updates you want to happen as opposed to Windows 10 Home which automatically installs updates in your device.
Group Policy Management – this allows an IT admin to control your PC
Domain Join – this allows you to join a company’s own domain which is great if you need access to their servers
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer – allows you to switch back to IE 8 inside your own browser in order to use any ancient Web app that doesn’t support the latest browsers
Making the Choice
With all these added features, it might make sense to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. However, if you’re only a home user who won’t use your computer for heavy business-related work, then you’re better off with Windows 10 Home. It already contains all the essential Windows functions and you won’t be missing out on anything critical.
If you run a small business or you’re a professional who uses the computer extensively for your related tasks, then Windows 10 Professional edition is the best fit for you.
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