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Windows 8.1 Editionen vergleichen

Seit etwa zwei Tagen stehen Windows 8.1 Enterprise und Windows Server 2012 R2 für MSDN Abonnenten zum Download bereit. Microsoft hat sich letztlich doch dazu entschlossen, die neuesten Windows Versionen 8.1 und Server 2012 R2 für Microsoft Partner vor dem offiziellen Start (GA) am 18. Oktober bereitzustellen, siehe Download Windows 8.1 RTM, Visual Studio 2013 RC and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Today!


Um den Unterschied der vier Versionen Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1 Edition, Windows 8.1 Pro Edition und Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition zu sehen, hilft eine ganz frische, neue Webseite:

 Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

Feature name

Windows RT 8.1 Windows 8.1 Edition Windows 8.1 Pro Edition Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition
User experience        
Apps launch other apps (new) x x x x
Customize multiple tiles at once (new) x x x x
Lock screen photo slide show (new) x x x x
Four tile sizes (new) x x x x
Microsoft account login x x x x
Multiple instances of same app (new) x x x x
Open up to four variable sized windows at once (new) x x x x
Optional boot to the desktop/All apps screen/Start screen (new) x x x x
PC Settings improvements (new) x x x x
Portrait mode improvements (new) x x x x
Search powered by Bing (new) x x x x
Set the desktop wallpaper as Start background (new) x x x x
The Start button (new) x x x x
The Start screen and live tiles x x x x
Touch keyboard and thumb keyboard x x x x
Automatic app updates from Windows Store (new) x x x x
Built-in apps (Mail, Calendar, People, and more)i x x x x
Install and run desktop apps (x86/x64)   x x x
Internet Explorer 11 (new) x x x x
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT includedii x      
Windows Media Playeriii   x x x
Windows Store x x x x
Xbox SmartGlassiv with Play To / Play On x x x x
Devices and peripherals        
3D printing support (new) x x x x
Biometric enrollment (new) x x x x
InstantGo v x x x x
MiraCast wireless display support (new) x x x x
Mobile hotspot / Wi-Fi tethering (new) x x x x
Multiple monitor improvements (new) x x x x
Storage Spaces   x x x
Wi-Fi Direct wireless printing support (new) x x x x
CPU Sockets 1 1 2 2
Maximum RAM vi 4 GB 128 GB 512 GB 512 GB
Mount ISO / VHDs x x x x
Reset and refresh your PC x x x x
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) vii x x x x
VHD boot     x x
Windows Update x x x x
Assigned access (new) x   x x
Client Hyper-V     x x
Device enrollment (new) x x x x
Domain Join     x x
Exchange ActiveSync x x x x
Group Policy     x x
Open MDM support (new) x x x x
Sideloading LOB apps <sold separately >   <sold separately > x
Start screen controlviii(new)       x
Windows To Go Creator       x
Work folders (new) x x x x
Workplace join (new) x x x x
AppLocker       x
Binary extension scanningix x x x x
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go     x x
Device Encryptionx x x x x
Family Safety x x x x
Multi-factor authentication for BYOD (new) x x x x
Picture password x x x x
Remote business data removal (new) x x x x
Trusted Bootxi x x x x
Windows Defenderxii x x x x
Windows SmartScreen x x x x
BranchCache       x
Built-in VPN clientsxiii x x x x
DirectAccess       x
Remote Desktop (client) x x x x
Remote Desktop (host)     x x
VDI enhancements       x

...und noch das Kleingedruckte dazu:

i - At Preview, this includes: Alarms, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Finance, Food & Drink, Games, Health & Fitness, Mail, Maps, Music, News, People, Photos, Reader, Reading List, SkyDrive, Sound Recorder, Sports, Travel, Video, and Weather; final list still being determined for GA
ii - Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook; certain features, macros, add-ins, and other custom programs may not work on Windows RT 8.1; for further details, please go to
iii - Watching DVD movies on Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition requires separate playback software; Windows RT 8.1 does not support DVD movie playback
iv - Xbox SmartGlass available as download in the Windows Store
v - Enabled on all editions that meet InstantGo certification requirements, at OEM discretion (named "connected standby" in the Windows 8 editions)
vi - 32-bit versions support up to 4GB
vii - Language switching is not included in Windows 8.1 single language versions
viii - Start screen control can be enabled in Windows RT 8.1 with side loading key
ix - Internet Explorer scans binary extensions (ActiveX for example) before running using the anti-malware solution
x -Device encryption is automatically enabled on InstantGo certified devices after first login with Microsoft Account
xi - Trusted Boot requires TPM
xii - Windows Defender now includes network behavior monitoring
xiii - VPN now includes auto-triggered VPN and 3rd party built-in VPN clients in addition to Microsoft VPN client

Quelle: Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

Viel Spaß mit Windows 8.1 ... ich geh jetzt Enterprise Edition auf meiner Maschine installieren!