Microsoft Announces “Windows 10 Pro for Workstations”

For advanced Windows users, Microsoft has announced a new edition of its legacy operating system Windows 10. The new Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is specifically designed for PCs equipped with server grade hardware. This new edition will be a part of Fall Creators Update.
Microsoft’s Klaus Diaconu, Partner Group Program Manager, writes in a blog post,
“Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.”
So now, the (as company calls) advanced users will be able to leverage the power of Windows 10 in their high-end and high-performance PCs with the new Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. The company says that most of the features of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations come from the feedback coming through the Windows Insider Program, thus it incorporates some really significant features. Let’s have a look on some features described by the company -
ReFS (Resilient file system)
ReFS is a cloud-grade file system that offers high-level resiliency to the data with the elimination of data corruption, easy handling of large volumes of data, and auto-correction of data via mirrored storage spaces etc.
“Using its integrity streams, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of your data on the other drive to correct and protect your precious data.”
Persistent memory
The company claims that this new edition can offer always-high performance to the most demanding apps and data by harnessing the power of non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware.
“NVDIMM-N enables you to read and write your files with the fastest speed possible, the speed of the computer’s main memory. Because NVDIMM-N is non-volatile memory, your files will still be there, even when you switch your workstation off.”
SMB Direct
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is equipped with SMB Direct feature so as to support the RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) capable network adapters, that eventually boosts the file sharing speed.
“Network adapters that have RDMA can function at full speed with very low latency, while using very little CPU. For applications that access large datasets on remote SMB file shares, this feature enables:
  • Increased throughput
  • Low latency
  • Low CPU utilization”
Expanded hardware support
The company says that based on the feedback received from Windows Insiders, it has expanded the hardware support in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations so that the users can take advantage of the raw power of their machine.
“Users will now be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on devices with high-performance configurations including server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, with up to 4 CPUs (today limited to 2 CPUs) and add massive memory up to 6TB (today limited to 2TB).”
Well, it seems now the power users will have more power in their hand with the new Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. As the company says they will keep investing on this new edition of Windows 10, we hope to see more significant features and improvements that can boost the performance of high-end devices.
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