The Verge is reporting on an allegedly leaked slide from Microsoft that announces a new edition of Windows 10 Pro. It is given the placeholder name “Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs” and it has four advertised features: Workstations mode, ReFS, SMBDirect, the ability to use up to four CPUs, and the ability to use up to 6TB of RAM.
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If this rumor is true, I don’t believe that it will behave like Windows 10 Enterprise. Because it unlocks the ability to address more RAM and CPU sockets, I doubt that users would be able to switch between Windows 10 Pro and “Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs” with just a no-reboot login to an Azure Active Directory. This is just speculation, of course, and speculation on a rumor at that.
The Workstation mode is kind-of interesting, though. The Windows 10 Creators Update introduced Game Mode, which allowed games to be prioritized over other software for higher performance (although it hasn’t been a hit so far). Last month, they also announced power management features to throttle background apps, but only when running on battery power. It makes sense that Microsoft would apply the same concepts wherever it would be beneficial, whether that’s optimizing for performance or efficiency for any given workload.
It does seem like an odd headlining feature for a new edition, which I’d assume requires an up-sell over the typical Windows 10 Pro SKU, when they haven’t demonstrated a clear win for Game Mode yet? What do you all think?
Microsoft appears to be
Microsoft appears to be addressing a market which wants to run workstation or HPC software on workstations (or, more interestingly, on servers, but the server OS isn’t tailored to their specific use cases for performance) but who’ve previously licensed Windows Server (possibly Datacenter Edition) in order to use things like more than 2 sockets and large quantities of RAM.
If the market wasn’t there, we wouldn’t be seeing these leaks, it wouldn’t make sense for Microsoft to try to invent a market where none exists.
Indeed, my first though was
Indeed, my first though was “The Ghost of Windows Home Server with a user-facing frontend”.