I have purchased GIS for personal use. I am very new to GIS. I am confused with the products. Which one should I use?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Vince, PolyGeo Feb 15 '18 at 4:53

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    ArcGIS for Desktop 10.4.1 is the same 32-bit product as ArcGIS Desktop 10.6, just an earlier release. Pro is a different beast entirely, built to be 64-bit from the ground up. Which one to use is more of a religious question than something which could be answered in our "Focused question / Best answer" model. – Vince Feb 15 '18 at 4:32
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    If you are new to GIS, then I would recommend starting with ArcGIS Pro, unless you are working on a project or in an organisation that requires you to use the older ArcGIS Desktop architecture. At the moment I suspect that there are many more users of ArcGIS Desktop than ArcGIS Pro, but I expect that the process of that flipping is well underway. – PolyGeo Feb 15 '18 at 4:58
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    @MichaelStimson ArcGIS for Personal Use includes Pro, Desktop and some Online credits. – PolyGeo Feb 15 '18 at 5:46
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    There are certain advanced capabilities in Desktop which aren't yet available in Pro, and some new features which are only available in Pro. For full functionality of the ArcGIS platform, you need both. – Vince Feb 15 '18 at 11:35
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    @MichaelStimson Pro installs and uses Python 3 64bit while Desktop installs and uses Python 2.7 32bit. I only do vanilla installs and have had no problems running both on same laptop for about 3 years. – PolyGeo Feb 15 '18 at 21:51