Windows 10 SKUs are revealed, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones

Microsoft will offer seven different variants of Windows 10, and the company has confirmed that the name of the SKU made for smartphones and small tablets will be called Windows 10 Mobile.

Here's the breakdown of all seven Windows 10 SKUs:

"Windows 10 Home is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It offers a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Windows 10 Home will help people do great things, both big and small. With it, they will be more productive and have more fun thanks to a long list of new innovations: Cortana, the world's most personal digital assistant; the new Microsoft Edge web browser; Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and right out of the box, a broad range of universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video.We are also bringing the Xbox gaming experience to Windows 10, giving games and gamers access to the Xbox Live gaming community, enabling the capture and share of gameplay and giving Xbox One owners the ability to play their Xbox One games from any Windows 10 PC in their home.Windows 10 Mobile is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office. Windows 10 Mobile offers great productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile will enable some new devices to take advantage of Continuum for phone, so people can use their phone like a PC when connected to a larger screen.Windows 10 Pro is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Building upon both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses. Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage their devices and apps, protect their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies. Windows 10 Pro devices are a great choice for organizations supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) programs and prosumer customers. Windows 10 Pro also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis.As we announced earlier this year, for the first time ever, we are offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.Windows 10 Enterprise builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information. Windows 10 Enterprise also supports the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers, so they can take advantage of the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. At the same time, they will be able to choose the pace at which they adopt new technology, including the option to use the new Windows Update for Business. With Windows 10, Enterprise customers will also have access to the Long Term Servicing Branch as a deployment option for their mission critical devices and environments. And as with prior versions of Windows, Active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.Windows 10 Education builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers. It offers the great productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities that Windows 10 Mobile provides, and adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will incorporate the latest security and innovation features as soon as they are available.There will also be versions of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise for industry devices like ATMs, retail point of sale, handheld terminals and industrial robotics and Windows 10 IoT Core for small footprint, low cost devices like gateways".

Microsoft has already confirmed that the versions of Windows 10 made for PCs will launch first, sometime this summer, with Windows 10 Mobile and other versions launching sometime later.

Source: Microsoft

271 Comments
  • Good news, but when the new build will arrive?
  • June for PC. Next week for phones.
  • Confirm?
  • Wait, and see it.
  • I want to know if Windows 10 Home will be available for free for existing Windows 7 users. If this is true, then its time to wipe out my Ubuntu installation on my 2010 Laptop and update to Windows 10 Home.  
  • It's true its free
  • Source?
  • WZor on Twitter.  http://windowsphoneapps.es/2015/05/la-proxima-build-publica-de-windows-1...
  • Do I need to install the second build on my phone in order to get the third build once it is available??
  • Nops.
  • Do you happen to know when Win 10 will be available for HTC devices?
  • we will know today if we do get a new build because microsoft is the 2 days ago that it takes a couple days to see if telemetry is good
  • The article says windows for PC first, then windows for mobile. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Good comment, but when will it be relevant to the article?
  • Right? xD
  • Don't you think if they knew, or were allowed to say, there would be a story about it?  For real.  Its ridiculous to keep asking.
  • Pretty sure that's been all over WC...
  • Don't be crude.
  • So Office Mobile is only free on small, mobile devices, it seems...
  • Gets people to buy the real deal on PC for compatibility. Almost like an advertisement of sorts.
  • Yeah, so if you want Office all the way, get one of the new Win10Mobile devices that support continuum, and hook it to a large screen. ;)
  • My W10 has a problem since I installed the most recent build: The OneDrive & Music apps say there are updates, but can't install them, I get an error. What should I do?
  • Same for me. Just have to wait for the new Phone build. It will work itself out I think.
  • You should troubleshoot it using technical resources, OS logs, etc.  If you don't have the skill set to do that then the tech preview probably isn't for you.  Regardless, it's very unlikely that you will find the answer in the comments section of a completely unrelated article.
  • Shut up Cleavitt76. Others have the same problem/question (see above). I'm allowed to ask questions, it's how things get solved. Windows Central is the #1 Windows community, with lots of smart people. I frequently get help on here from others. It's more reliable & faster than waiting/hoping for a reply tweet from Gabe Aul. I've been on phone preview since it started years ago! I was simply checking if others had the same problem, or if it's just me. Hopefully I get a straight solution. Anyways stfuuu!
  • Yes, Windows Central is the #1 Windows community, but Cleavitt76 was right, you're asking that question in the wrong place. The comment section is for discussions about the articles, not for questions. Try using the forums, dude.
  • Forum
  • Solution is revert back to W8.X.
  • wen it arrives in india first!
  • Isn't it sad how Microsoft is making you wait? You demand a new build today, want it free, want it without any bugs what-so-ever, and they are making you wait for it. How dare they do this to you? Here you are, feeling entitled to a build, and they are defying you. If I were you, I would refuse to install new builds until the final release.
  • Sigh. First we had to explain that windows phone was different from windows mobile. Now we have to do the reverse of that again :|
  • Not really. Just say Windows.
  • Didn't Gabe Aul mention that users enrolled in the insider preview will get a free upgrade as well. What about that? Didn't see that mentioned anywhere in the article.
  • You'll be able to "update" to the RTM version of Windows 10, but you'll still need a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, to have a valid license for said RTM installation of Windows 10.
  • 'What does that phone run?' 'Windows 10'. Not that hard.
  • 'And you Surface and Desktop..?'
    Then they'll ask for versions too.
  • "no, the mobile version. It's basically the same, but it can't run desktop stuff" Gee, that was pretty difficult
  • But with Remote Desktop it runs desktop apps fine. Also, Metro apps are now desktop apps too.
  • Nops,  Metro apps = Windows Apps (Apps, like Phone Apps) Desktop apps = Windows Desktop Application (like x86 prograns e.g. Media Player, Paint, Adobe Photoshop CS etc).
  • I really don't think that the ability to remote desktop is in the mind of the average person.
  • Until I can plug in my phone to a tv and use remote desktop to play bops3 while snapchatting
  • Besides concurrent sessions isnt supported on consumer windows
  • Actually it can run desktop apps thanks to Continuum :)
  • Not really.  It can run universal apps in a "windowed" mode, but I wouldn't call that "desktop" apps.  We both know that when people say "desktop apps" they are talking about x86 programs and not watered down touch centric apps.  Continuum isn't going to allow me to run Lightroom or Visual Studio from my phone (not yet at least).
  • yes to be more precise desktop apps use win32 apis
  • Adobe is porting some of their x86 programs to Universal apps. We will see more in the future.
  • It's the opposite. You won't run a desktop app in a smartphone, you'll run a phone app in a desktop mode.
  • Question don't always come this easy.
  • ha that is true
  • Windows Mobile.. I thought they got rid of that with Windows Phone 7. Back to the Future!
  • Mobile doesn't mean exactly phone. It means "Mobile" (Mobility, like Phones and Small tablets)
  • But it's still a phone OS, so no chance I'll be downgrading my small tablet from a full Win8 OS to a little phone OS with all the inherent software restrictions and lockdowns.
  • If you already have a tablet, you'll get full Windows 10. Microsoft has already confirmed this multiple times.
  • -sigh- if you actually did some research instead of talking like if you knee everything, you would know Microsoft said only new small tablets will get a different UI. Belfiore already shown the windwos10 running on 8 inch device... reason why hamburger menu is on start screen, so it will be like win8. But keep making stuff up. Thats the best thing to do. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Don't they mean a smartphone and tablets using an ARM processor?  If you have a 7 inch tablet running an atom chip, can you use Windows Home?  But then again, maybe the Windows Mobile provides a better UI for the smaller screen.  I know that my $79 HP tablet with an atom is a bit hard to use with the small icons and such.  I also like that I only have to type in 4 numbers to unlock my 928 versus the longer password to login to my tablet.
  • I know. But this was still the idea with the original Windows mobile os. It was on PDAs, Cell Phones, those inventory scanners, etc. I'm just not crazy about the naming conventions.
  • It is good. Window Phone as a brand has failed.
  • Exactly. Mobile is more than just phone. Saying that a small tablet runs W10 Phone would be confusing.
  • Well seeing as theres no upgrade path for rt it is just plain old windows for x86 tabs
  • Don't you supect they took a bunch of code out of Windows RT to build windows Mobile?  Wasn't Windows RT used on an ARM powered tablet?  Aren't most smartphones and tablets powered by ARM processors? 
  • Hopefully they let me upgrade from Windows Mobile 6 to Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Should have kept the Windows Mobile name in the first place!  And what about RT devices?
  • Every time when someone is asking "What about [...]?" questions, Michael Jackson starts singing in my head: "What about us/Earth song".
  • no this is different... before it was Windows Mobile X.X, then Windows Phone X.X now its just Windows 10, the mobile just identifys the SKU the device is running
  • Probably the best way I've seen this explained!
  • No 10 for RTs.
    Upgrade to S3 and stay happy forever.
  • Windows Mobile = Windows Phone + Windows RT + Continuum
  • Mind = Blown
  • Headshot 360 noscope
  • Glad to finally have a single platform for all my devices! =) super excited for the release!
  • I think it's very understandable.
  • When the preview will launch this week ..???
  • Friday hopefully
  • Saturday
  • Shouldn't these be called 'variants' instead of 'versions'?
  • Yes
  • Edditions actually
  • Editions, yes.
  • Damn, I had hoped they wouldn't make 3 different desktop version... Again... Hope the free upgrade from W7 and W8 will upgrade pro to pro.
  • you may get to pick
  • Why the heck do you need Pro? It's for Small Business with Windows Update Business.
  • Why the heck wouldn't you?
  • Right. You have no point.
  • Hehe, was that a second "right back at you" ;) Time has shown that when I've been on home editions, some day, one or more of the features excluded from the home edition was just what I need to use. Like remote desktop... The only reason to make more than one edition is so that MS can cash in more money, which is great for MS, but since I have a much smaller account set aside for software than MS has, its not so great for me.
  • Usually PRO includes remote desktop when home edition does not.
  • Exactly! I like being able to access my desktop from my phone when I'm out and about. It's helped out in a pinch on more than one occasion!
  • Also, not sure how it will be in W10, but in W8 you needed Pro in order to get Windows Media Center. So RD and WMC (both of which I use daily) are reasons to get Pro. Any news about WMC in W10, by the way? If it's not available, I won't upgrade...
  • WMC is dead. Can't really say I'll miss it. The sortings didn't fit me
  • Agreed. I switched to Kodi on my HTPC.
  • Does it matter if my Laptop is my primary device?  I dont do much work on my desktop, which is what my wife usually works on.  What does remote desktop allow you to do?  Connect directly to your desktop and access the files on the harddrive?  Isnt this why I use OneDrive fro all my files?
  • And joining domains I believe. Home cant join domains, just workgroups. If I remember right.
  • Pro also includes Bitlocker encryption whereas the Home version does not.
  • Do you now see why some of us need it? Just because MS labels something Enterprise, Business or what ever doesn't mean it isn't something that everyday users couldn't benefit from.
  • Lots of people need pro on their personal devices.  I do because I need remote desktop for my job (on call 24x7).  So does my mother because she works from home.  Also, there are several other features I use in Pro that are not available in Home.  I can't remember the exact ones because I don't bother with Home anymore, but I know they are not in Home and I need them.  Bitlocker might be one of them.  I think Hyper-V and Visual Studio support might be another, but I don't recall.
  • Here we go. Remote desktop, Bitlocker encryption, and allows you to join a domain. http://www.intowindows.com/windows-8-windows-8-pro/
  •  I as a student who has started to develop apps would need it. Emulators run only on the Pro version. I had it on my old pc but its ram was too shitty and on my new pc, it had the base version. So yeah it would be good to get the pro version. I wouldnt have a problem with the educational version if it has support for Hyper - V and is available for free to students from dreamspark
  • They should provide Hyper-V in Home Edition
  • Yep, because every home user runs multiple VMs.
  • Education version should work for you Prannav. From what was stated, Pro adds features to home, Enterprise adds features to Pro, and Education adds features to the Enterprise. Therefore, Education has the highest set of features including all features of all the other versions. That's the way it's stated, at least.
  • One reason: Remote desktop. It used to be free for all versions when they had Windows Live Mesh, but since that's been discontinued, you can only connect to remote PCs that are running Pro. The PC you are connecting FROM can be any version, but the PC you are connecting TO must be Pro. It's an unnecessary limitation seeing how useful it is in a home (I use it to connect to a home server PC in my basement) and I was really hoping they would move it to the main edition.
  • Precisely why I use TeamViewer now. No limits.
  • While TeamViewer is good, it's not always an option.  Many corporate environments do not allow that kind of software to be installed on their workstations or servers.  They also block that traffic at the firewall/VPN level.  TeamViewer is great for consumers or small business, but it's a nightmare in a large environment where centralized control is needed.
  • Even for consumer use, Windows Remote Desktop is simply more convienient as there is no extra software, no setup involved. You just type in the PC name, and it connects to the remote PC. The remote desktop connection apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone are great because they're simple to use. Everything I need, nothing I don't. At least I'll be able to keep Pro on my home server when I upgrade. Still, would be nice to have it on all versions (especially since the connection app is on all versions) or at least have an option to get this one feature for a low price (rather than spending $100+ for the Pro upgrade).
  • In the past, MS would not allow Home Edition to join a domain & as mentioned, could not use remote desktop. I think some parts of Administrative Tools might have been excluded in some older Windows Home versions too. If you work in IT and have to help relatives or just make some extra $ on the side, those features are definitely needed.
  • Ram requirements usually ms doesn't allow a certain amount of ram on the base consumer edition so for those gamers who buy mb's that support x amount of ram it will be wasted on adding to a dedicated video card