Microsoft has officially unveiled a new Windows 10 edition for Workstations aimed at power users. This isn’t the first we’ve heard of it, though: this version of the Windows 10 operating system was first rumored back in June.
The Windows 10 Pro for Workstations caters to server-grade PCs, machines with a large number of logical processors and heaps of RAM. Thus, it’s not meant to run on mainstream machines, of course — it’s more of an OS for big companies “deploying their Workstation PCs in demanding and mission-critical scenarios,” but power users will definitely take notice.
How Is Windows 10 Pro For Workstations Different?
The new OS version comes with several changes to adapt to high-end PC hardware.
First, a Resilient File System that manages large volumes of data and storage with ease. Microsoft designed this file system to withstand data corruption and optimized it for handling swaths of data. It can determine when data is corrupted, at which point it’ll pull a healthy copy of the corresponding data from another drive to fix the corrupted one.
Second, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations employs persistent memory, which delivers performance with non-volatile memory modules, which is just a fancy phrase that means you’ll be able to read and write files as fast as possible or according to the computer’s main memory’s speed.
Third, it comes with faster file sharing powered by a feature called SMB Direct, which leverages network adapters capable of Direct Memory Access. This enables the adapters to operate at a low latency while not straining the CPU too much.
Finally, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations has expanded hardware support, which means this version of Windows 10 can run on PCs with “high performance configurations,” such as server-grade processors packing up to 6 TB of memory and up to four CPUs.
In its blog post, Microsoft notes the importance of performance, announcing its commitment to innovating in that department.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will become available alongside the Windows 10 Fall Creators update slated later this year. The addition of this version of Windows 10 is largely thanks to the people on Microsoft’s Insider Program. The company says much of the feedback — presumably including the need for a beefed-up workstation-level Windows 10 — came from there.