Up until today we did not know how Microsoft would name the editions of the Windows 8 operating system. Heck, we still do not know if Windows 8 will be the name that the operating system will ship with in the second half of the year.
While it was likely that Microsoft would keep some of the names, history has shown that the company likes to make changes to edition names. If you look at the editions of Vista and compare those to Windows 7, you will notice several changes, for instance that Vista Business became Windows 7 Professional.
ZDnet’s Stephen Chapman noticed that a HP Alcor Micro Smart Card Reader Driver support page listed all the operating systems the product was compatible with. Included in the list were three Windows 8 editions.
Microsoft Windows 8 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 Edition
If the information are correct, Windows 8 will keep two edition names -Professional and Enterprise-, and change a a third. Windows 7 Home Premium turns in Windows 8.
- Windows 7 Home Premium –> Windows 8
- Windows 7 Professional –> Windows 8 Professional
- Windows 7 Enterprise –> Windows 8 Enterprise
What about the Ultimate, Starter and Home Basic editions? Microsoft could have made the decision to drop some of the editions to reduce customer confusion. It could also be that the HP product is just not compatible with those editions, or that Microsoft has not yet told HP about those editions.
This listing furthermore does not reveal anything about the ARM versions of the Windows 8 operating system. It looks as if the ARM versions will use the same naming conventions as the 32-bit and 64-bit editions.
What’s your take here? Do you think that those three editions are the only ones, or will there be more?