When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was the final version of Windows, no one expected what followed. Things are not so simple, and this began to appear two years after the official release. After two years (maybe a little more) on the market, Windows 10 has ten different versions available.
Each of them uses the same in the kernel, but offers slightly different features for users with different needs.
All of these versions, along with the ever-changing Windows features, make it difficult for every average user of the operating system to track how and what.
Below we will see how Microsoft has fragmented Windows 10 and why it needs such a fragmented environment.
Below is a brief report for each version of Windows 10:
Windows 10 Home is the standard offer of the company that has been released for free until today if you know the way and includes all that household users need.
Windows 10 Pro based on Home and includes additional features for power users and small businesses.
Windows 10 S is a competitor to the Chromebook that only installs applications from the Windows Store.
Windows 10 Enterprise it is available only for volume purchases and has advanced features for large-scale corporate growth.
Windows 10 Education is an Enterprise branch with special pre-configured education settings and lower school prices.
Windows 10 Pro Education comes pre-installed on computers that can massively buy discounted schools and offer the same relative functions as Pro Education.
Windows 10 Mobile is Microsoft's mobile operating system which, although not very popular, continues to exist.
Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise allows businesses to manage the mobile devices of their employees.
Windows 10 IoT replace Windows Embedded, a lightweight version of Windows that hobbyists or businesses can install on small computing devices as well as on robots or pos applications.
The Windows 10 Team is a specialized version of Windows 10 running only on the Surface Hub smart whiteboard.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations they support powerful computers that perform regular calculations.
Too many versions?
We can see more. The list above does not include the different builds of Windows currently in circulation.
For example, computers with processors Intel Clover Trail can not be upgraded to the Creators Update version, so Microsoft will support these specific devices running Anniversary Update up to 2023 when the Anniversary Update is not supported by 2018.
The fact that came from just one hardware added another level of fragmentation in Windows 10.
Think of those who bought a Windows 8.x laptop in 2013 or 2014 with an Intel Clover Trail processor. Those who tried to update their computer with the Creators Update in March 2017, in version 1703, had the "luck" to see the following message:
"Windows 10 is no longer supported on this computer."
I remember from the beginning of the mood of Windows 10 there were many thinking about the compatibility of hardware. There were a lot of doubts about upgrading to 10, but Microsoft was persistent, after all, it could provide another version for whatever happens.
But computers are not smartphones, they die in two to four years. I expect my computers will keep for at least ten years, especially with Linux.
Of course there are those who say, "No, we need new powerful hardware to deal with today's operating systems and applications."
Sorry, is it my idea or is everything moving to Cloud? Sure, if you're editing videos on your computer, you need power. But the 99% of your work on a Chromebook running with ARM and 2GB RAM can be done perfectly. Ok with Adobe applications you will need RAM, but you can have it on a 64bit PC with Windows 7, which, as we do, is one of the best operating systems in the company.
Apparently Microsoft is developing many different versions in an effort to meet the needs of its customers. This is not bad, just equal. But the story with Clover Trail was. Strange and definitely shows something.
Microsoft has urged all PC owners to upgrade to Windows 10, and owners of Trail Clover are just as much like those running Skylake-based computers.
It would be a mockery to support someone that the company did not know it, since it is developing itself operationally. In my opinion, since Microsoft urged everyone to upgrade, it virtually promised informal support to everyone. The story shows that she did not keep her promise, leaving many dissatisfied.
So, apart from the endless different versions that are being released in the money hunt, Microsoft may need to adjust its business model by recognizing that the development of today's hardware is running much faster than yesterday.
So it might create a new operating system that requires fewer or more hardware, removing some of the new features that are not worth the effort.
Of course you can always install Linux on your computer. Linux continues to grow, and is not like the functional one described by some who have tried it or not tried 2000. Of course, running Cloud applications, you will not miss anything from Windows.