With BitLocker,’ explained Joe Belfiore, the Corporate Vice
President of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, ‘the end user
faces an all or nothing decision for the entire drive to be
encrypted, and it doesn’t provide for very much flexibility in the
way files move around. We’re solving those problems.
The new iteration of BitLocker allows users to encrypt individual
files and keep them alongside unencrypted ones. Plus they can now
be used in the same way on USB sticks, improving the way in which
files can be shared between those with the proper clearance to read
Remote Desktop Connection
Both Windows 10 Home and Pro can start Remote Desktop Connection
sessions, but only PCs running Windows 10 Pro can be remotely
controlled. Windows 10 Home machines can only be assisted remotely,
and this is mainly for an expert to show a home user how to change
settings, for example.
Windows Update for Business
In Windows 10 Pro you get the option to defer updates, but this
option doesn't really exist in Home. Microsoft forces patches and
updates to Home machines automatically. You can stop them for a few
hours, but that's it, even in the latest Creators Update.
The ability to defer is designed to prevent buggy updates from
affecting business PCs, and updates can be put off for several
Virtualisation is another benefit of Windows 10 Pro, although few
will want to use it. It's like having a built-in VirtualBox,
although you'll still have to install Hyper-V on Windows 10 Pro
manually. You'll also need to have a CPU which supports
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
It's worth noting that Microsoft has announced this new version of
Pro which is made specifically for more powerful PCs. It will
arrive with the Fall Creators Update.
Built for 'high-end' machines, the firm promises 'unique support
for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding
needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads'.
Features include a resilient file system, persistent memory, faster
file sharing and expanded hardware support.
Domain and other business features
Group Policy Management and access to the Windows 10 Business Store
are other features reserved for WIndows 10 Pro. Microsoft also
lists the ability to join Azure Active Directory, with a single
sign-on to cloud hosted apps.
Only Windows 10 Pro support joining (or creating) a domain, which
allows PCs to be added to a corporate network. With Windows 10
Home, you can't do this and you're pushed to use a Microsoft
account rather than a local user account. This means any laptop or
PC you want to use at work and access files on servers will almost
certainly need to be running Windows 10 Pro.
Assigned Access lets a sysadmin restrict a Windows tablet to run
only a certain app (a very specific benefit which will apply to
only a few).