Microsoft Releases Yet Another Version Of Windows 10

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The folks at Redmond can't help themselves. When Windows 10 was announced, it seemed Microsoft was going to finally simplify the number of different Windows SKUs. But, over the last couple of years we've landed so many I'm struggling to find a definitive, current list. Late last week, another was added to the mix; Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

Microsoft says Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will support server grade PC hardware with features such as ReFS, persistent memory, and the ability to use up to four CPUs (up from the current two) and 6TB of memory (the current limit is two TB).

Granted, the number of people who need support for this type of configuration is limited but surely it would be easier for the customer base to simply maintain the Current Windows 10 Pro SKU and increase its capability. Why does it need a different SKU?

I'm a simple guy. I think there should be two versions of Windows - Windows 10 and Windows 10 Server.

What do you think?


    I'm a simple guy. I think there should be two versions of Windows - Windows 10 and Windows 10 Server.

    Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional would be a better split.

    One cheap, one full featured.

    Server is a whole-other kettle of fish. Why should someone spend the same amount on an operating system for a $2,000 workgroup server as they do on a $500,000 datacentre server?
    Measuring size by users or by a single metric (eg. CPU's) is pretty crude. I think it makes sense to have different Server SKU's each with different resource and functional limits.

    Totally agree on versions. NT4 and 2000 had one client side SKU. 2000 had one client side SKU.

    Life as an IT consultant would be FAR easier if you just had to check if the customer had 7, 8 or 10, not which exact flavours plus consider how the missing features impact any 3rd party software... And with small business, getting upgrade licenses can be a pain (you either buy retail upgrades and deal with identifying which PC it goes on, or you buy 5 volume licenses whether they needed 2 or 5).

    Apple has one client version. RedHat had one client version. Why can't MS?

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