Windows 8 is the official name for the future x86/64 editions of Windows. Pcs and tablets powered by X86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit) will be provided Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, ARM-based tablets receiving Windows RT. Windows 8 would be the most appropriate for regular users, coming with updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, advanced multi-monitor support and the possibility of switching languages on the fly.
The Pro version comes with all the features of Windows 8 plus Pc management, domain connectivity and also encryption and virtualization. It’s predicted to be launched this fall when the Windows 8-based tablet hardware will see daylight. Its release may compete with Apple’s new versions of iOS 6, OS X Mountain Lion, expected to be launched in early June at WWDC. Microsoft attempts to mix the PC features with those of laptops and tablets and Apple seems to be doing the same thing with OS X 10.8. OS X ML is also highlighted as inspired by iPad and reinvented for Mac.
Those that wish to try for themselves the two Operating Systems that will soon hit the market can download the Developer Preview of Mountain Lion from Mac Dev Center (Apple Developer) and Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft. Please take into consideration that the preview of OS X 10.8 needs $99 per year for membership as an Apple Developer.