Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro – Best Features Comparison
Microsoft has released its latest operating system on July 29 2015, and users who purchased a retail Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 license were able to upgrade for free to Windows 10. Those who decided to buy the Home edition of Windows 10 had to pay $119, while the license for the Pro version costs $199. So, is it worth paying extra $80 for the pro version? Yes, because it offers additional features which will be discussed in this article.
For starters, we remind you that in order to upgrade for free to Windows 10 Home, you must have a copy of Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium or Windows 8.1, while the eligible devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro must have a copy for Windows 7 Professional, 7 Ultimate, 8.1 Pro or 8.1 Pro for Students.
Both Windows 10 Home and Pro versions come with Cortana, the virtual assistant which takes voice commands and search the web, open applications, write messages using voice dictation, make calendar entries or give directions.
Then, there’s the new Microsoft Edge browser which replaced Internet Explorer and offers a Reading Mode which will make it easier for users to read articles online, by showing a clean and simple layout; the Reading List is giving users the option to save articles and read them later.
Continuum is a feature which kicks into action when users are removing the keyboard from a touch screen (the best example would be a Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet), so that the interface switches to Tablet Mode. Also, when connecting a phone running on Windows 10 to a keyboard, Continuum will transform it into a mini laptop.
Virtual Desktops is another feature available in both Windows 10 version, and its role is to allow users to create different workspaces on their computers.
Additional Features in Windows Pro
BitLocker will protect data by providing encryption for entire volumes, so that potential hackers will not have access to users’ drives. According to Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, with BitLocker “the end user faces an all or nothing decision for the entire drive to be encrypted, and it doesn’t provide for very much flexibility in the way files move around. We’re solving those problems.”
The list of additional features in Windows 10 Pro includes: Group policy management, Remote Desktop, Client Hyper-V, Assigned Access, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer, Windows Store for Business, Trusted Boot, Windows Update for Business and the option to join a domain.