Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/195540/7-features-youll-get-if-you-upgrade-to-the-professional-edition-of-windows-8/
Windows 8.1 invites you to “Get more features with a new edition of Windows.” You’ll get six more features if you upgrade to the Professional edition — plus a seventh if you pay extra.
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Just cuz HTG lists something Micro$oft doesn't mean it would be an idea to even consider even in the afterlife.
How about we not be intentionally in$ulting?
Hyper-V alone is worth the upgrade cost. I have been using Hyper-V and VMWare for years, and having the ability to run virtual machines is a must for software developers or people who are just interested in other operating systems.
As the article points out, VirtualBox is free and every bit as functional as Hyper-V (at least on the consumer versions of Windows).
Don't get me wrong, I love Hyper-V and use it almost daily, but I don't think it's enough to justify an upgrade if that's the only extra feature you're looking for.
I've had very bad luck with VirtualBox, and I will never use it again. (It corrupted 3 of my virtual machines before I finally gave up and went back to VMWare.) If I'm going to run a free hypervisor, VMWare Viewer is much more reliable and pretty user friendly.
I've never had so much as a hiccough from VirtualBox and I've been using it for half a decade, so I'm surprised to hear that. As with any software, YMMV.
No they do not. Microsoft is just like any other large company in the US; they do a good job most of the time and sometimes do a bad job or appear to be money-hungry - just like every other major corporation. A lot of good people work there, and those people produce products you use every day. Insulting those people because you don't like the executives' decisions is just downright rude.
Aside from that, regardless of our opinions, we all have an obligation to support civil discourse. Using insulting language is not civil and serves no purpose other than to be insulting and rude. Terms like "Micro$oft" are insulting not just to those of us who enjoy and use their products, but to all the people who work there and have no control over product development, prices, or public perception.
Finally, is this you? Creating a new account to avoid a forum ban will just get you banned again...
Windows 7′s Professional edition is similar. Features like BitLocker, group policy, and domain-joining require the Professional or Ultimate editions of Windows 7, too
@ChrisHoffman I would like to mention again that Bitlocker is NOT available in Windows 7 Professional. For Windows 7 it is ONLY available in Ultimate and Enterprise editions
Yes, it's not a big deal, but I think people are getting misled. Please correct this in your future articles.
Other than that, this article was great
Sorry about that, we'll fix that up.
hyper V has surely got me interested!! any reviews on that one?
I'm still amazed that after all these years MS hasn't come up with a better and simpler remote support tool. Trying to get folks to use the MS version was painful. Then I tried Teamviewer and it's like "How simple can this get?"
We use the Windows Server version every day at work; it works great. It's not as console-friendly as VMWare, so you don't get things like automatically adjusting the resolution you resize the window, but I like that you can set VM's to auto-start, so you can run server VM's without the need to log in to the host just to start the virtuals.
One feature not included on that list that I use in Windows 8.1 Pro is the ability to change the system language. I can't understand why Microsoft would not include that in the base version.
Very true. In fact, the virtual console built into Hyper-V is probably one of its weakest features. Personally, I much prefer starting the machine from the H-V Manager and then logging into it via Remote Desktop (assuming you're running a guest OS that supports it). It's still not as nice an experience as some other VM software that can handle dynamic desktop resizing and seamless/unity modes, but at least you get a true full-screen mode that adapts to your native resolution.
I believe this is the intended use case: Hyper-V was intended to run servers, so there's very little in the way of desktop-enabling functions.
Personally, I'd like to see a little more desktop integration: dynamic resolution changes, drag and drop, clipboard integration, and file sharing... but I can also see the advantages of not including those things, as it keeps the hypervisor lightweight and reduces the potential for the VM to impact the host.
Agreed- though at least they were kind enough to add one-way clipboard pasting via keyboard emulation. (Which makes entering the product key a whole lot nicer during Windows setup!)
Plus, going the Remote Desktop route, you do get two-way clipboard integration. It's also easy enough to set up your virtual network to allow file sharing between the guest and host, so that's two features taken care of already (albeit in a round-about fashion).
I know that most of the people posting here are computer literate...but ever since I started using a computer I have had a complaint that no one has been able to solve.
When I purchase any complicated equipment from an automobile to a reverse osmosis machine I receive a detailed operator's manual...but when I purchase a computer or software I'm lucky if I get a sheet of paper stating how to plug in the power cord. It seems to me that company's that sell computers and software would sell a lot more if they would make available a complete and detailed set of manuals to use their product.
I have purchased manuals from the after market but they are not complete and sometimes are written for people who have a masters in gobblety gook.
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