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Windows 8 Operating System Features

Here you will find the details on system features that are available in different editions of Windows 8.

The main versions of Windows 8 are: Windows 8 Pro (For professionals and enthusiast), Windows 8 (Home and consumers) and Win RT for tablet PC's.

Windows 8 Developer Preview System Requirements, minimal specifications and hardware requirements

 
Windows 8_Minimal Specs and system requirements

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Feature

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT
     
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home PremiumYesYesNO

Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate

NOYesNO

Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles

YesYesYes
Windows StoreYesYesYes
Windows AppzYesYesYes

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)

NONOYes
Internet ExplorerYesYesYes

Device encryption

NONOYes
Connected StandbyYesYesYes
Microsoft AccountYesYesYes
DesktopNONOYes

Installation of x86/64 and desktop software

YesYesNO

Updated Windows Explorer

YesYesYes
Windows DefenderYesYesYes
Smart screenYesYesYes
Windows UpdateYesYesYes
Enhanced Task ManagerYesYesYes

Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)

YesYesYes
Storage SpaceYesYesNO
Windows Media Player YesYesNO

Feature

Windows 8

Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT
     

Exchange ActiveSync

YesYesYes

File history

YesYesYes
ISO / VHD mount YesYesYes
Mobile broadband featuresYesYesYes
Picture PasswordYesYesYes
Play toYesYesYes
Remote Desktop (client)YesYesYes
Reset and refresh your PC YesYesYes
SnapYesYesYes
Touch and Thumb KeyboardYesYesYes
Trusted bootYesYesYes
VPN ClientYesYesYes
BitLocker and BitLocker To GoNOYesNO
Boot from VHDNOYesNO
Client Hyper-VNOYesNO
Domain JoinNOYesNO
Encrypting File SystemNOYesNO
Domain JoinNOYesNO
Group Policy (Host)NOYesNO
    

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