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  • Core Experiences

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Windows 10 Core Experiences

Features

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Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Customizable Start Menu

Windows Defender & Windows firewall

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1

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Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo2

N/A

N/A

TPM support3

Battery Saver

Windows Update


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Talk or type naturally

Personal and proactive suggestions

Reminders

Search web, device, and cloud

“Hey Cortana” hands-free activation

5
5

Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Native fingerprint recognition

Native facial and iris recognition

Enterprise level biometric security


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Virtual desktops

N/A

1

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Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen)

N/A

N/A

Snap apps (across screens on different monitors)

N/A

N/A


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Switch from PC to tablet mode

Switch from mobile to PC mode


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Reading view

Built-in ink support

Cortana integration4

Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Maps

Photos

Mail & Calendar

Music

Movies & TV

Windows Store

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Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Xbox app

Xbox controller support (wired)

DirectX 12 graphic support

Game streaming (Xbox One to PC)

Game DVR

Comprehensive games catalog


Windows 10 Business Experiences

Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Hardware based security

Domain Join

N/A

1

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Group Policy Management

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N/A

Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE)

N/A

N/A

Assigned Access

Remote Desktop

Client Hyper-V

N/A

N/A

Direct Access

N/A

N/A

Windows To Go Creator

N/A

N/A

AppLocker

BranchCache

N/A

N/A

Start Screen Control with Group Policy

N/A

N/A

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

N/A

N/A


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition

Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition

Easy upgrade from Mobile to Mobile Enterprise

Side-loading of line of business apps

9
10

Mobile device management

Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11

Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12

Windows Store for Business13

Advanced granular UX control

Dynamic Provisioning

Azure Active Directory User State Roaming


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Microsoft Passport14

Device Encryption15

Enterprise Data Protection8

BitLocker3

Credential Guard16

Device Guard17

Trusted Boot

Conditional access


Features

Home
Pro
Enterprise
Education*
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise

Windows Update

Windows Update for Business

Current Branch for Business

Telemetry control with GP / MDM

Long Term Servicing Branch


  • 1Not applicable
  • 2Requires InstantGo or device that passes the device encryption HCK test
  • 3Requires TPM 1.2 or greater for TPM based key protection
  • 4Cortana is available only in certain markets; Experience may vary by region and device; Requires Microsoft Account to use
  • 5Requires specialized hardware
  • 6Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors
  • 7Separate license for Azure Active Directory required
  • 7Requires touch screen capabilities; App experiences may vary
  • 8EDP is planned to be made broadly available in mid-2016
  • 10 Requires InstantGo or device that passes the “Device Encryption Requirements Test”
  • 11 Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown; TPM 2.0 recommended for device health attestation (will use software if TPM 2.0 not present)
  • 1Not applicable
  • 2Requires InstantGo or device that passes the device encryption HCK test
  • 3Requires TPM 1.2 or greater for TPM based key protection
  • 4Cortana is available only in certain markets; Experience may vary by region and device; Requires Microsoft Account to use
  • 5Requires specialized hardware
  • 6Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors
  • 7Requires touch screen capabilities; App experiences may vary
  • 8Coming later to selected markets. Subject to change.
  • 8EDP is planned to be made broadly available in mid-2016
  • 9Limit of 20 self-signed apps
  • 10Unlimited self-signed apps
  • 11Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory required
  • 12Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory Premium required
  • 13Available in selected markets. Payment methods will be added over time.
  • 14Microsoft Passport Requires TPM 1.2 or 2.0 hardware based protection of credential/keys; if no TPM exists or is configured, credentials/keys protection will be software based
  • 15Requires InstantGo or device that passes the “Device Encryption Requirements Test”
  • 16Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown; TPM 2.0 recommended for device health attestation (will use software if TPM 2.0 not present)
  • 17Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown, Device Guard does not have a TPM dependency

Find out which Windows is right for you

Familiar, and better than ever

Windows 10 is the Windows you already know, plus great improvements you'll love having, including: customizable Start Menu; Windows Defender & Windows firewall; Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo2; TPM support3; Battery Saver


Cortana4

Your own personal assistant to help you get things done, including: Talk or type naturally; Personal and proactive suggestions; Reminders; Search web, device, and cloud; “Hey Cortana” hands-free activation


Windows Hello6

A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you, including: Native fingerprint recognition; Native facial and iris recognition; Enterprise level biometric security


Multi-doing

The best experience for doing what you do, including: Virtual desktops; Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen); Snap apps (across screens on different monitors)


Continuum7

Display your apps and content beautifully on every device, including: Switch from PC to tablet mode; Switch from mobile to PC mode


Microsoft Edge

A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online, including: Reading view; Built-in ink support; Cortana integration4


Management and deployment

Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment, including: Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition; Side-loading of line of business apps; Mobile device management


Security

Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your devices and infrastructure from modern threats, including: Microsoft Passport14; Device Encryption15


Delivering Windows as a service

Stay up to date with Windows, including: Windows Update

Familiar, and better than ever

Windows 10 is the Windows you already know, plus great improvements you'll love having, including: Customizable Start Menu; Windows Defender & Windows firewall; Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo2; TPM support3; Battery Saver


Cortana4

Your own personal assistant to help you get things done, including: Talk or type naturally; Personal and proactive suggestions; Reminders; Search web, device, and cloud; “Hey Cortana” hands-free activation


Windows Hello6

A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you, including: Native fingerprint recognition; Native facial and iris recognition; Enterprise level biometric security


Multi-doing

The best experience for doing what you do, including: Virtual desktops; Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen); Snap apps (across screens on different monitors)


Continuum7

Display your apps and content beautifully on every device, including: Switch from PC to tablet mode; Switch from mobile to PC mode


Microsoft Edge

A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online, including: Reading view; Built-in ink support; Cortana integration4


Existing fundamentals

Existing differentiated management and security features, including: Domain Join; Group Policy Management; Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE); Assigned Access; Remote Desktop; Client Hyper-V


Management and deployment

Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment, including: Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition; Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition; Side-loading of line of business apps; Mobile device management; Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11; Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12; Windows Store for Business13; Dynamic Provisioning


Security

Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your devices and infrastructure from modern threats, including: Microsoft Passport14; Device Encryption 15; Enterprise Data Protection8; BitLocker3; Trusted Boot; Conditional access


Delivering Windows as a service

Stay up to date with Windows, including: Windows Update; Windows Update for Business; Current Branch for Business

Familiar, and better than ever

Windows 10 is the Windows you already know, plus great improvements you'll love having, including: Customizable Start Menu; Windows Defender & Windows firewall; Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo2; TPM support3; Battery Saver


Cortana4

Your own personal assistant to help you get things done, including: Talk or type naturally; Personal and proactive suggestions; Reminders; Search web, device, and cloud; “Hey Cortana” hands-free activation


Windows Hello6

A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you, including: Native fingerprint recognition; Native facial and iris recognition; Enterprise level biometric security


Multi-doing

The best experience for doing what you do, including: Virtual desktops; Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen); Snap apps (across screens on different monitors)


Continuum7

Display your apps and content beautifully on every device, including: Switch from PC to tablet mode; Switch from mobile to PC mode


Microsoft Edge

A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online, including: Reading view; Built-in ink support; Cortana integration4


Existing fundamentals

Existing differentiated management and security features, including: Domain Join; Group Policy Management; Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE); Assigned Access; Remote Desktop; Client Hyper-V; Direct Access; Windows To Go Creator; AppLocker; BranchCache; Start Screen Control with Group Policy


Management and deployment

Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment, including: Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition; Side-loading of line of business apps; Mobile device management; Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11; Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12; Windows Store for Business13; Dynamic Provisioning; Advanced granular UX control


Security

Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your devices and infrastructure from modern threats, including: Microsoft Passport14; Device Encryption 15; Enterprise Data Protection8; BitLocker3; Trusted Boot; Conditional access; Credential Guard16; Device Guard17


Delivering Windows as a service

Stay up to date with Windows, including: Windows Update; Windows Update for Business; Current Branch for Business; Long Term Servicing Branch

Familiar, and better than ever

Windows 10 is the Windows you already know, plus great improvements you'll love having, including: Customizable Start Menu; Windows Defender & Windows firewall; Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo2; TPM support3; Battery Saver


Cortana4

Your own personal assistant to help you get things done, including: Talk or type naturally; Personal and proactive suggestions; Reminders; Search web, device, and cloud; “Hey Cortana” hands-free activation


Windows Hello6

A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you, including: Native fingerprint recognition; Native facial and iris recognition; Enterprise level biometric security


Multi-doing

The best experience for doing what you do, including: Virtual desktops; Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen); Snap apps (across screens on different monitors)


Continuum7

Display your apps and content beautifully on every device, including: Switch from PC to tablet mode; Switch from mobile to PC mode


Microsoft Edge

A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online, including: Reading view; Built-in ink support; Cortana integration4


Existing fundamentals

Existing differentiated management and security features, including: Domain Join; Group Policy Management; Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE); Assigned Access; Remote Desktop; Client Hyper-V; Direct Access; Windows To Go Creator; AppLocker; BranchCache; Start Screen Control with Group Policy


Management and deployment

Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment, including: Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition; Side-loading of line of business apps; Mobile device management; Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11; Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12; Windows Store for Business13; Dynamic Provisioning; Advanced granular UX control


Security

Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your devices and infrastructure from modern threats, including: Microsoft Passport14; Device Encryption 15; Enterprise Data Protection8; BitLocker3; Trusted Boot; Conditional access; Credential Guard16; Device Guard17


Delivering Windows as a service

Stay up to date with Windows, including: Windows Update; Windows Update for Business; Current Branch for Business

Familiar, and better than ever

Windows 10 is the Windows you already know, plus great improvements you'll love having, including: a customizable Start Menu; TPM support3; battery saver.


Cortana4

Your own personal assistant to help you get things done with these features: talk or type naturally; personal and proactive suggestions; reminders; search web, device, and cloud; "Hey Cortana" hands-free activation5.


Windows Hello6

A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you with: native fingerprint recognition; native facial and iris recognition; enterprise level security.


Continuum7

Display your apps and content beautifully on every device: Switch from mobile to PC mode.


Microsoft Edge

A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online with reading view and Cortana integration4.


Existing fundamentals

Existing differentiated management and security features, including: Assigned Access; Remote Desktop; AppLocker


Management and deployment

Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment including side-loading of line of business apps9; mobile device management; Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11; Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12; Windows Store for Business13 Advanced granular UX control; Dynamic Provisioning


Security

Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your devices and infrastructure from modern threats with: Microsoft Passport14; Device Encryption15; Enterprise Data Protection8; Device Guard17; Trusted Boot; BitLocker3; Conditional access


Delivering Windows as a service

Stay up to date with Windows with Windows Update.

Familiar, and better than ever

Windows 10 is the Windows you already know, plus great improvements you'll love having, including: a customizable Start Menu; TPM support3; battery saver.


Cortana4

Your own personal assistant to help you get things done with these features: talk or type naturally; personal and proactive suggestions; reminders; search web, device, and cloud; "Hey Cortana" hands-free activation5.


Windows Hello6

A truly personal and secure experience where your device recognizes you with: native fingerprint recognition; native facial and iris recognition; enterprise level security.


Continuum7

Display your apps and content beautifully on every device: Switch from mobile to PC mode.


Microsoft Edge

A better web experience for sharing, reading, discovery, and getting things done online with reading view and Cortana integration4.


Existing fundamentals

Existing differentiated management and security features, including: Assigned Access; Remote Desktop; AppLocker


Management and deployment

Enhanced management features to empower device and app management and deployment including easy upgrade from Mobile to Mobile Enterprise; Dynamic Provisioning; Side-loading of line of business apps10; mobile device management; Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps11; Add user state roaming with Azure Active Directory12; Windows Store for Business13; Advanced granular UX control.


Security

Delivers critical security capabilities, system and app updates, and the compatibility you need to secure your devices and infrastructure from modern threats with: Microsoft Passport14; Device Encryption15; Enterprise Data Protection8; Device Guard17; Trusted Boot; BitLocker3; Conditional access


Delivering Windows as a service

Stay up to date with Windows including Windows Update; Windows Update for Business; Current Branch for Business.

  • 1Not applicable
  • 2Requires InstantGo or device that passes the device encryption HCK test
  • 3Requires TPM 1.2 or greater for TPM based key protection
  • 4Cortana is available only in certain markets; Experience may vary by region and device; Requires Microsoft Account to use
  • 5Requires specialized hardware
  • 6Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors
  • 7Requires touch screen capabilities; App experiences may vary
  • 8Coming later to selected markets. Subject to change.
  • 8EDP is planned to be made broadly available in mid-2016
  • 9Limit of 20 self-signed apps
  • 10Unlimited self-signed apps
  • 11Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory required
  • 12Separate subscription for Azure Active Directory Premium required
  • 13Available in selected markets. Payment methods will be added over time.
  • 14Microsoft Passport Requires TPM 1.2 or 2.0 hardware based protection of credential/keys; if no TPM exists or is configured, credentials/keys protection will be software based
  • 15Requires InstantGo or device that passes the “Device Encryption Requirements Test”
  • 16Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown; TPM 2.0 recommended for device health attestation (will use software if TPM 2.0 not present)
  • 17Requires UEFI 2.3.1 or greater with Trusted Boot; Virtualization Extensions such as Intel VT-x, AMD-V, and SLAT must be enabled; x64 version of Windows; IOMMU, such as Intel VT-d, AMD-Vi; BIOS Lockdown, Device Guard does not have a TPM dependency