Compare Windows 8.1 Editions

Along with the information that Volume License (VL) customers, TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to access the Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM, Microsoft posted the following huge table which differentiated the various Windows 8.1 editions that will be available starting October. Windows RT 8.1 is only for OEMs, so you won’t be able to install it on your own. However, you can compare other Windows 8.1 editions to choose the one that suits you.

Feature nameWindows RT 8.1Windows 8.1 EditionWindows 8.1 Pro EditionWindows 8.1 Enterprise Edition
User experience
Apps launch other apps (new)xxxx
Customize multiple tiles at once (new)xxxx
Lock screen photo slide show (new)xxxx
Four tile sizes (new)xxxx
Microsoft account loginxxxx
Multiple instances of same app (new)xxxx
                Open up to four variable sized windows at once (new)xxxx
Optional boot to the desktop/All apps screen/Start screen (new)xxxx
PC Settings improvements (new)xxxx
Portrait mode improvements (new)xxxx
Search powered by Bing (new)xxxx
Set the desktop wallpaper as Start background (new)xxxx
The Start button (new)xxxx
The Start screen and live tilesxxxx
Touch keyboard and thumb keyboardxxxx
Apps
Automatic app updates from Windows Store (new)xxxx
Built-in apps (Mail, Calendar, People, and more)ixxxx
Install and run desktop apps (x86/x64)xxx
Internet Explorer 11 (new)xxxx
Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT includediix
Windows Media Playeriiixxx
Windows Storexxxx
Xbox SmartGlassiv with Play To / Play Onxxxx
Devices and peripherals
3D printing support (new)xxxx
Biometric enrollment (new)xxxx
InstantGo vxxxx
MiraCast wireless display support (new)xxxx
Mobile hotspot / Wi-Fi tethering (new)xxxx
Multiple monitor improvements (new)xxxx
Storage Spacesxxx
Wi-Fi Direct wireless printing support (new)xxxx
System
CPU Sockets1122
Maximum RAM vi4 GB128 GB512 GB512 GB
Mount ISO / VHDsxxxx
Reset and refresh your PCxxxx
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs) viixxxx
VHD bootxx
Windows Updatexxxx
Management
Assigned access (new)xxx
Client Hyper-Vxx
Device enrollment (new)xxxx
Domain Joinxx
Exchange ActiveSyncxxxx
Group Policyxx
Open MDM support (new)xxxx
Sideloading LOB apps<sold separately ><sold separately >x
Start screen controlviii(new)x
Windows To Go Creatorx
Work folders (new)xxxx
Workplace join (new)xxxx
Security
AppLockerx
Binary extension scanningixxxxx
BitLocker and BitLocker To Goxx
Device Encryptionxxxxx
Family Safetyxxxx
Multi-factor authentication for BYOD (new)xxxx
Picture passwordxxxx
Remote business data removal (new)xxxx
Trusted Bootxixxxx
Windows Defenderxiixxxx
Windows SmartScreenxxxx
Networking
BranchCachex
Built-in VPN clientsxiiixxxx
DirectAccessx
Remote Desktop (client)xxxx
Remote Desktop (host)xx
VDI enhancementsx

Source: Microsoft

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