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Microsoft’s Latest: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Professionals using server-grade PCs in mission-critical computing will soon have a new version of Microsoft’s operating system designed specifically for their needs: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

Announced yesterday, the latest addition to Microsoft’s expanding family of Windows 10 options was created based on feedback from Windows 10 “Insiders” who test-drive pre-release versions of the operating system.

Set to be released as part of Microsoft’s coming Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will come with high-end persistent memory, support for faster file sharing, and an enhanced file system for handling large volumes of data. It will also feature expanded hardware support for advanced, server-grade processors, up to four CPUs, and as much as 6 TB of memory.

Built To ‘Take Advantage of Raw Power’

“We know that power users have unique needs to run efficiently and we take the feedback we hear seriously,” said Klaus Diaconu, partner group program manager for Microsoft’s Windows & Devices Group. Writing yesterday on the Windows Blog, Diaconu said Microsoft developed Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to “meet the needs of our advanced users deploying their Workstation PCs in demanding and mission-critical scenarios.”

For example, the new version of Windows will feature a resilient file system (ReFS) for “cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces.” Designed for systems that handle large volumes of data, ReFS will be able to do things such detect when data on a mirrored drive becomes corrupt and respond by using healthy data from another drive instead.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will also support non-volatile memory modules for high-speed file reading and writing that preserves data in a computer’s persistent memory, and will come with SMB Direct for high-speed file sharing. SMB Direct supports network adapters with remote direct memory access that can operate quickly and with low…


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