With Windows 10, Microsoft’s flagship operating system is now available as a ‘service’, with vendors calling it the “last” version of Windows. This means that there will be an upgrade twice a year from now, with the latest July 2019 update.
Windows 10 fixes a lot of consumer-hating issues about Windows 8, and it seems that Windows 7 has been quite successful at changing purists. According to web analytics company Stat Counter, it outperformed Windows 7 in January 2018 for the first time in global use. Being a Windows 10 Cloud product, apps run smoothly across devices, providing easy support to mobile workers and is the most secure OS available from vendors. When it comes to productivity, such as Office 365, Cortina and Edge Browser, Home, Pro and Enterprise plans make no difference, but Pro users can take advantage of features such as remote logging. On the security side, Windows 10 is naturally the most sophisticated version of Windows, including Virtualization Based Security (VBS) and Windows Hello for biometric security. And for the deployment of IT, upgrades and migration have been made easier by Windows 10 MDT (Microsoft Deployment Toolkit) or ADK (Assessment and Deployment Kit).
So this functionality comes as a standard for Pro or Enterprise users, so what are the key differences? The main differences appear to be about security, probably because enterprise companies will be very sensitive. For example, the Pro does not come with Windows Defender application control and guard functionality or advanced risk protection. There are two options for enterprise users: Branded E3 or E5 by Microsoft, E5 includes Windows Defender ATP. This advanced security tool uses end-to-end behavioral sensors, analytics, and machine learning to identify attacker tools, techniques and procedures for providing alerts to members of the IT team. The only difference is the version of IT for the functionality of the Windows Analytics tool, which allows enterprise users to identify and recover common issues for employees such as device-level crashes. Application virtualization and user environment virtualization are also enterprise only, plus IT has the ability to whitelist files and apps using AppLocker and compile granular group policies.
That’s the tricky part because Microsoft only pays for its Pro version, but enterprise pricing is usually on a volume or bespoke basis, which is industry standard. This makes it impossible to compare apples to apples. What we do know is that the pro device has $ 219.99 per user to download once. Windows 10 Enterprise, on the other hand, comes in two flavors (E3 or E5) and is priced on a per-device basis, but is only available through a volume licensing plan, which allows organizations to purchase long-term licenses. Conveniently available (usually 3-5 years) and for Windows, measure multiple when purchasing multiple seats, and accordingly can deploy these licenses across devices and people. Microsoft also provides a value calculator for enterprise users. Microsoft announced the rise in enterprise software prices in January 2017, following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and all subsequent currency volatility. The seller said at the time: “From January, British pound prices on on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13% to close the euro level. Most of the British pound enterprise cloud prices close to the euro level.