Differences between Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education Editions

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Windows 10 has 4 basic editions:  Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education (new to the Windows family).    Here is a table that shows their differences in feature.

In short,

  • Windows 10 Home – it is for home users
  • Windows 10 Pro – it is for small business users.   Built upon Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro has extra features like domain join, bitlocker, and business store.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise – it is for medium and large organizations.  Built upon Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise has extra features like DirectAccess, and AppLocker.
  • Windows 10 Education – it is for schools (staff, administrators, teachers, and students).  It has almost everything that Windows 10 Enterprise has.

Core experiences:

Familar, and better than ever Home Pro Enterprise Education
Customizable Start Menu x x x x
Windows Defender & Windows firewall x x x x
Fast start up with Hiberboot and InstantGo1 x x x x
TPM support2 x x x x
Battery Saver x x x x
Windows Update x x x x

Cortana5

Talk or type naturally x x x x
Personal and proactive suggestions x x x x
Reminders x x x x
Search web, device, and cloud x x x x
“Hey Cortana” hands-free activation x x x x

Windows Hello3

Native fingerprint recognition x x x x
Native facial and iris recognition x x x x
Enterprise level security x x x x

Multi-doing

Virtual desktops x x x x
Snap assist (up to 4 apps on one screen) x x x x
Snap apps across screens on different monitors x x x x

Continuum4

Switch from PC to tablet mode x x x x

Microsoft Edge

Reading view x x x x
Built-in ink support x x x x
Cortana integration5 x x x x

Business Experiences

Existing Fundamentals Home Pro Enterprise Education
Device Encryption6 x x x x
Domain Join x x x
Group Policy Management x x x
Bitlocker2 x x x
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE) x x x
Assigned Access 8.1 x x x
Remote Desktop x x x
Client Hyper-V x x x
DirectAccess x x
Windows To Go Creator x x
AppLocker x x
BranchCache x x
Start Screen Control with Group Policy x x

Management and Deployment

Side-loading of line of business apps x x x x
Mobile device management x 8 x x x
Ability to join Azure Active Directory, with single sign-on to cloud-hosted apps7 x x x
Business Store for Windows 108 x x x
Granular UX Control x x
Easy Upgrade from Pro to Enterprise Edition x x
Easy Upgrade from Home to Education Edition x x
Security
Microsoft Passport x x x x
Enterprise Data Protection8 x x x
Credential Guard9 x x
Device Guard9 x x

Delivering Windows as a Service

Windows Update x x x x
Windows Update for Business x x x
Current Branch for Business x x x
Long Term Servicing Branch x

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