Power users, get ready to drool. Microsoft has announced a new version of Windows 10, dubbed Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, which is designed specifically for power users that need access to high-end hardware. This version of Windows is designed to support server grade hardware for users that need access to the very highest processing power for their computing needs.
“Today we are very excited to announce a new edition of Windows 10 Pro designed to meet the needs of our advanced users deploying their Workstation PCs in demanding and mission-critical scenarios. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will be delivered as part of our Fall Creators Update, available this fall,” Microsoft said in a blog post yesterday.
This new version of Windows 10 includes support for the Resilient File System, support for persistent memory, improved file sharing with SMB Direct and support for high PCs such as the Xeon with 4 CPUs and up to 6TB of memory. To put that into perspective, the regular version of Windows 10 Pro only supports 2 CPUs per processor and 2TB of memory.
Microsoft’s Resilient File System, also known as ReFS, is designed to support up to 4.7 zettabytes, which is approximately a billion terabytes. To wrap your head around how much storage that is, that will hold 8 million years of 8K video. Talk about streaming your life away! On top of that, it offers improved data availability, resilience, and fault tolerance. It can even automatically repair drives if you do suffer a hardware failure.
“The Resilient File System (ReFS) is Microsoft’s newest file system, designed to maximize data availability, scale efficiently to large data sets across diverse workloads, and provide data integrity by means of resiliency to corruption. It seeks to address an expanding set of storage scenarios and establish a foundation for future innovations.”
Another nice feature if you need to share your files is SMB Direct. Users can share their data using this technology that allows for faster file transfers without using very much CPU. This feature has been available in Microsoft’s latest versions of its server software such as Windows Server 2012, but this is the first time it has made its way to its desktop product.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will be made available along with the Fall Creators Update set to drop sometime in the fall of 2017.
While this system is designed for high end productivity, there is no doubt that many gamers are already eyeing the technology for their next gaming system, but be prepared to drop some major bucks. While we don’t know how much this version of Windows will cost, the hardware alone isn’t for the faint at heart. Still, you can expect many gamers to adapt this new technology and hardware into their own high-end gaming rigs.
What do you think about this new version of Windows coming this fall? Do you think you will ever make use of it or will it just be for a small niche of users? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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