In a recent blog post Microsoft informed us about the upcoming Windows 8 versions.
is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows. So it is not a codename any more. The improvements are wide ranged: from an fast and fluid user experience to the ability to instantly switch languages, an updated Windows Explorer, better Task Manager as well as a much better multi-monitor support. And of course apps, apps and apps.
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are available to all x86 powered systems (both tablet and PC´s, 32 and 64 bit).
Windows on ARM is now Windows RT
Windows RT will only be delivered pre-installed on PC´s and tablets powered by ARM processors. The ARM processors will allow huge improvements in form factors, while maintaining an even more huge battery life than we know before from PCs/tablets with Windows. With every Windows RT you will get also Microsoft Office in form of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, similar to Windows Phone. Another unique feature will be device encryption – a feature much business users have asked for.
Microsoft is continuing with their 3-screens-one-experience strategy, and adds unique features to every version. This is a good way in my eyes.
Now I am curious about E3 and a possible Xbox-Dashboard improvement as well as Windows Phone Apollo. I sure will keep you informed.
source: Windows Team Blog