Windows 10 Pro for Workstation Announced for High-Performance PCs

Back in June, a leaked Windows 10 build revealed a Workstation edition for advanced PCs, though that name had not been finalized at the time. Rumor just becomes true on August 10 when Microsoft makes it official by announcing the Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

As Microsoft has put it,

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.

The new SKU of Windows 10 Pro for Workstation was created based on the feedback from Windows Insiders and will officially launch with the Windows 10 Falls Creators Update later this year.

There are four key features, outlined in above picture, included in this version of Windows:

  • ReFS(Resilient File System) – providing cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. ReFS is designed to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more.
  • Persistent Memory – improving performances with non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware. Because NVDIMM-N is non-volatile memory, your files will still be there, even when you switch your workstation off.
  • Faster File Sharing – with a feature called SMB Direct that supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access capability, Windows 10 Pro for Workstation can access large datasets on remote SMB file shares at full speed with very low latency while using very little CPU.
  • Expanded Hardware Support – Server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors will be supported, with up to four physical CPUs and up to 6TB of RAM.

It’s unknown how much this performance-centric operating system is going to cost but if you are the one thriving for more power and computer performance, Windows 10 Pro for Workstation might be the one you have been dreaming for.