“For better or worse, it seems as if Windows 8 will be available in nine separate editions,” Matt Burns reports for TechCrunch. “The unofficial news comes from a registry key found within the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If this key is to be believed, Windows 8 will be available in the six editions of Windows 7 with the addition of Windows 8 Professional Plus, Enterprise Evaluation, and ARM edition. That makes nine Windows 8 versions in all — seven more editions than Apple’s OS X.”

Burns reports, “The difference between the versions often involves additional (or missing) applications, networking support and security features. On the other hand, Apple puts all their goodies in one basket and sells only one consumer desktop option. There’s always OS X server, too, which Apple branded as the ‘Server For Everyone.'”

“These differences are even more apparent when considering their price. OS X costs $29.99 and Server is only $49.99. Windows 7 Starter and Basic isn’t sold directly to consumers but they can still be found online for less than $100,” Burns reports. “The Microsoft Store lists Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate from $199, $299, and $319, respectively (upgrade prices are a bit less).”

“Why? Apple is a hardware company that happens to also sell software. Apple makes money when they ship hardware, not software. Apple just needs its software to keep users happy and interested in coming back for more hardware, not pay the company’s light bill,” Burns reports. “As a software company, Microsoft doesn’t have this luxury.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Another difference is between Windows 8 and iOS: Apple doesn’t need a bunch of tiles to try to hide a raging case of AppLack™.

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