Three new Windows 10 versions for Advanced PC and Servers. The following are the three new Windows 10 versions revealed through this build,

  • Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCs
  • Windows 10 Pro N for Advanced PCs
  • Windows Server 2016 ServerRdsh

Microsoft already offers the following Windows 10 versions,

  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Team
  • Windows 10 Education
  • Windows 10 Pro Education
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch)
  • Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
  • Windows 10 IoT Core
  • Windows 10 S

The N editions of Windows are targeted at European Union countries and allow users to choose their own media player and software required to manage and play CDs, DVDs, and other digital media files.

Windows Server 2016 ServerRdsh would target servers used as Remote Desktop Session Host. A Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server is the server that hosts Windows-based programs or the full Windows desktop for Remote Desktop Services clients. Users can connect to an RD Session Host server to run programs, to save files, and to use network resources on that server. Users can access an RD Session Host server by using Remote Desktop Connection or by using RemoteApp.

It would allow users to access more resources, ie 4 physical CPUs instead of 2, a massive 6 Terabytes of RAM and the Resilent File System, which is optimised for large volumes and auto-correcting.

Introducing Windows Pro for Workstations We want to deliver a solution for those advanced users.Based on feedback regarding product truths – we went back to the drawing board studying typical workstation use cases, and using the information from the Insiders using Windows 10 Pro on a high-end machine and held several engineering discussions within Microsoft and also with our partners to identify what new value can we bring to the market that benefits advanced users of PC in the market.We came up with a large set of features, and have prioritized 4 key capabilities for the initial release.

  • Workstation mode: We are identifying typical compute and graphics intensive workloads. We will optimize the OS to provide peak performance and reliability in such use cases when the Workstation mode is engaged by the users
  • Resilient file system: ReFS is the successor of NTFS, which has been a mainstay of Windows for past several years. We were overdue for a file system innovation, and our Windows Insiders also agreed. ReFS is designed for fault-tolerance, optimized for handling large data volume, auto-correcting and much more at the same time backward compatible with NTFS
  • Faster file sharing: Often high-end workstation machines are used for processing large data volumes, accessed across the network or even hosting file share on the workstation machine itself. We are including the SMBDirect protocol based file sharing in Windows 10 Pro for Workstation which allows for high throughput, low latency and low CPU utilization when accessing network shares
  • Expanded hardware support: Finally, the top pain point expressed by our Insiders was the raw power of their machine. Hence, we are expanding hardware support in Windows 10 Pro for Workstation. Users will now be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstation on machines with up to 4 CPUs (todays limit of 2), and add memory up to 6TB.