Windows 10 Pro for Workstation

Microsoft has now officially confirmed that there will be another Windows 10 version. The new operating system with the name Windows 10 Pro for Workstation has been designed for powerful workstations, running intensive workloads.

First indications on this “high-end” Windows version have already been circulating since June of this year and now were officially confirmed. Windows 10 Pro for Workstation will be available in fall, together with the Fall Creators Update of Windows 10.

The key features of Windows 10 Pro for Workstation are: 

  • Support of nonvolatile memory (NVDIMM-N), which is not only particularly powerful, but retains the data in case of a power failure.
  • The implementation of “Resilient Files Systems” (Refs), following on NTFS. The new file system is optimized to deal with large amounts of data and behaves more fault-tolerant.
  • Support of the SMBDirect protocol, which grants a significant higher throughput of network shared data, accompanied by low latency and low CPU usage.
  • Expanded hardware support for systems up to four CPUs and up to 6 TB of memory.

Due to the introduction of Windows 10 Pro for Workstation, the existing Windows 10 Pro will be restricted in its functions. Thus, Windows 10 Pro will still be able to read and write Refs-formatted partitions, but the ability to format Refs partitions will be removed from the Windows 10 Pro standard version. With the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 that is expected for autumn, only Windows 10 Enterprise and the new Windows 10 Pro for Workstation versions will be able to generate volumes with the Refs file system.  

Queues: Microsoft, Silicon, Golem

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