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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations coming this fall

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations highlights (Source: Microsoft)
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations highlights (Source: Microsoft)
This upcoming Windows 10 edition will come this fall with the following highlights: the ReFS file system, SMB Direct file sharing, persistent memory, and expanded hardware support.

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The upcoming Fall Creators Update seems to hold a few surprises since Microsoft has just announced that a new Windows 10 Pro edition would arrive with it. Dubbed Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, Microsoft describes it as "a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads."

Windows 10 Pro for Workstation is, according to Microsoft, created based on the feedback received from the members of the Windows Insider program. Its four key selling points are the following:

  • ReFS (Resilient file system - the name should say it all)
  • Persistent memory
  • Faster file sharing via SMB Direct, a feature that uses the capabilities of Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)-enabled network adapters
  • Expanded hardware support (up to 4 CPUs and 6 TB RAM, including server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron chips)

The Windows 10 Pro for Workstation edition will join a rather complicated lineup of products. The original Windows 10 family consisted of three embedded/IoT builds, next to Home, Pro, Mobile, Enterprise, Education, and Mobile Enterprise. In the meantime, Windows 10 S was added. At last, there are also two subscription versions of Windows 10 that go as Windows 10 Enterprise E3 and E5.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-08-11 (Update: 2017-08-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
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