Microsoft is working on a new edition of Windows 10 for workstations, leaked documents suggest. Recently, reference of a new edition of Windows 10 has been found in build 16212, which the company released to testers by accident. Now, a slide of a Microsoft presentation has leaked onto the web further confirming the new edition, and it’s described as “Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs.”
According to the slide, the new edition is aimed for devices with advanced hardware.
Microsoft describes the new edition of Windows, as an edition “with unique support for server grade hardware and designed to meet demoing needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads”.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstation will deliver these four main features:
- Workstation mode: It’ll be an optimized version of Windows 10 that identifies compute and graphics intensive workloads to improve performance and reliability when the “Workstation” mode is enabled.
- Resilient File System (ReFS): Microsoft plans to ship this edition of Windows 10 with ReFS, which is the NTFS successor, and brings support for fault-tolerance, optimization for large data volumes, and offer automatic error correction.
- Faster File Sharing: In order to improve access to share files in the network, Windows 10 Pro for Workstation will include SMBDirect protocol, which will offer high throughput, low latency, and low processor utilization when accessing large data volumes across the network.
- Expanded hardware support: Demanding applications require demanding hardware, and the new edition of Windows 10 will support up to four processors and up to 6TB of memory. This double the number of processors allowed on the current version of Windows 10 Pro.
As you can see, these are advanced features for advanced hardware, which makes it clear that Microsoft is aiming this new edition for enterprise customers, and not typical consumers. In addition, according the information, it seems that Microsoft still hasn’t iron all the features and naming for this new release.