This time around the target is power users, not the mainstream: Microsoft's bringing back the name and a workstation product because its says some Windows 10 users wanted a version of the OS that can handle higher-performing hardware.
There are four key areas where Windows 10 Pro has been made better for professionals using beefy workstation PCs.
All this is exactly as previous speculation indicated, as is the operating system's move to a new resilient file system, ReFS, which is optimized for handling massive volumes of data, and designed with fault tolerance and resilience to data corruption firmly in mind.
They intend to ship this new version of Windows 10 when the upcoming Fall Creators Update is released in the September/October timeframe.
Microsoft announced a new edition of Windows 10 Pro on Thursday with features created to work well with server-grade PC hardware.
Microsoft is promising faster file sharing with Windows 10 Pro for Workstations because of its SMB Direct feature. The company said this new iteration of Windows 10 Pro "comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is created to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads".
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The OS also runs ReFS, the Resilient File System adopted in Windows Server 2012, rather than the NTFS used in other cuts of Windows 10. ReFS can detect when data's screwed up on a mirrored hard drive and then use another non-corrupt backup to automatically fix the bad one, ensuring your data's always undamaged.
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.
Persistent memory is another option, thanks to NVDIMM-N support.
A new feature called SMB Direct will also enable faster file sharing as well, being that it supports network adapters with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capabilities, the post said.
- Increased throughput: Leverages the full throughput of high speed networks where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large amounts of data at line speed. Top of that list for a lot of users will be the expanded hardware support, meaning server-grade Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors are supported. It can support machines with up to 6 TB of RAM, for example. Windows 10 for Workstations is described as an OS for "high-end PCs".