Windows Rumor: Windows 10 Workstation Edition with No File History

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Let’s blame on the unintentional release of Windows 10 build 16212 from Microsoft that caused a chaotic situation last week. But it also seems to be a good opportunity for some Windows 10 users to shine and dig into what Microsoft is up to.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstation

Twitter user @AnditsTito spotted three new Windows SKUs in the build 16212:

  • Windows 10 Pro for ┬áAdvanced PCs
  • Windows 10 Pro N for Advanced PCs
  • Windows Server 2016 ServerRdsh

In a leaked slide, Microsoft describes this Pro for Advanced PCs edition as “Windows 10 Pro for Workstation” with four main capabilities:

  • Workstation mode – once enabled, it optimize the OS to provide peak performance and reliability.
  • Resilient file┬ásystem – a file system that supports fault-tolerance and auto-correcting with optimization for large data volumes.
  • Faster file handling – includes the SMBDirect protocol for file sharing and high throughput, low latency, and low CPU utilization when accessing network shares.
  • Expanded hardware support – supports up to 4 CPUs and a memory limit of 6TB.

It’s truly designed for any power user who is processing a massive amount of data on daily basis.

No more File History

Another Twitter user @h0x0d (WalkingCat) suspected this:

While it’s unclear what Microsoft’s real plan is here, Paul Throttle thinks it’s a good move and is betting on File History being tied to the OneDrive cloud.

It makes a lot of senses to me too. File History has been part of Windows for years but I never used it. It seems to be redundant to me since the cloud services I am using already have version control feature built-in.

For File History to work efficiently, to work correctly, it needs to be a feature of OneDrive, not Windows 10.

I won’t be surprised seeing no more File History in future Windows 10 builds. What’s more interesting is to see how this feature is going to be integrated into OneDrive. I would be much happier if I can just right-click the file saved in OneDrive and retrieve a version of that file from previous versions.

Finally, if rumors are true, we will be seeing them be released sooner in future build releases for Windows Insiders. Stay tuned.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Wait a minute Kent, are you telling me that Windows isn’t already optimized to provide peak performance and reliability? That it could have been, and Microsoft has deliberately made it less reliable?

    • Haha…good point. I guess the new rumored Workstation version meant for the hardware that is not even supported by the current Pro edition which only supports up to 2 CPUs for the moment. You can’t reach the peak performance of a 4-CPU machine with 1TB of RAM using Windows 10 Pro, right? ­čÖé

      • Heh, I know I can’t ­čÖé

        Microsoft appears to be drifting back to releasing many different confusing versions of Windows, after seemingly making an effort to reduce the number of versions?

        • I was wondering the same…why not just making the Pro real Pro that covers all. Why we need an S edition while it’s possible to implement a setting that disables all apps outside the Store? Well, guess we will just wait and see.

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