Microsoft announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations today, a new edition of the company’s Windows 10 operating system aimed at high-end tasks and applications.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations comes with a set of new features and expanded hardware support.
The company plans to launch the new edition of Windows 10 alongside the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will be out in the coming months.
Workstations are Windows PCs that come with hardware designed to push performance as far as possible — well beyond the home and even most of the professional market. These systems are often equipped with Terabytes of RAM and multiple CPUs, and used for demanding applications such as video editing, 3D modelling, or other demanding tasks.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is Windows 10 Pro at its core. It can be distinguished by four improvements and changes that it ships with.
- Expanded hardware support — Windows 10 Pro for Workstations was designed by Microsoft for “high performance configurations”. Two of the most important changes are support for up to 4 CPUs and up to 6 Terabytes of RAM. Current Pro editions of Windows 10 support a maximum of 2 CPUs and 2 Terabytes of RAM.
- Resilient File System (ReFS) — The new edition of Windows 10 comes with support for the Resilient file system. The file system was designed specifically to be resilient against data corruption, and optimized for large data volumes. “ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease”.
- Persistent memory — The operating system comes with support for persistent memory hardware configurations, and support for non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware.
- Faster file sharing — Windows 10 Pro for Workstations supports SMB Direct. The feature enables “increased throughput”, “low latency” and “low cpu utilization”.
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The reveal on the official Windows Business blog did not reveal the price point of the new edition.
Additionally, it failed to showcase the core differences to existing Pro editions of Windows 10. Considering that Windows 10 Pro supports ReFS and SMB Direct, the sole selling point of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations appears to be the extended hardware support.
This may be enough reason for some businesses to purchase the new Windows 10 for Workstations. As far as price is concerned, it is likely that the new edition will be more expensive than regular Windows 10 Pro editions but not as expensive as Windows Server editions.
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