While there has been a lot of discussion and questions around the differences between the Home and Education versions of the EV3, there hasn't been a lot about the differences in the software. I'm going to try and summarise as best I can here. If I miss anything, please let me know.
The most important thing to note first up, is if you ignore all the marketing / packaging of each software, then the actually programming language (unofficially called EV3-G) is exactly the same for both the Home and Education editions.
The biggest difference is probably in the Lobby area. The Home edition is definitely marketed towards Boys, aged 8-14 with quite bold and dark colours and slightly menacing looking builds. The Education Edition is far cleaner, which will appeal to teachers and (stereotypical) girls.
|Education Edition||Home Edition|
|Cost||US$100 Single licence
US$400 Site Licence
|Tutorials||Generic tutorials for all aspects of the EV3 device||Tutorials specific to each particular build|
|Building Instructions||EV3 Core Base
Robot Arm H25
Download pdf's here
as well as links to other bonus models
|Sensor Support||Supports both EDU and Home sensors||
Supports both EDU and Home sensors
There will be additional education modules you can purchase (the Design Engineering module being the first) which I believe you can only load into the Education version.
Conclusion: They are actually pretty close. If you are just looking to program your robot, and not concerned about the very 'boy' focussed lobby, then the Home version will suit you fine. If however, you're looking to roll this out in a classroom, where you'll likely have a mix of ages / genders, then the Education edition is certainly worth looking at. If you're going to be using your EV3 for more than just 'robots' and are going to delving into some *science* (which I strongly recommend everyone does!), then you can't go past the Education edition software.
Did I miss anything?