Microsoft releases Windows 10 S

Microsoft has released a new version of its operating system called Windows 10 S, which is primarily aimed at teachers and students.

Windows 10 S is a fully functioning version of Windows, but only runs apps available in the Windows Store featuring thousands of available applications including free, paid and trial versions of software. This will soon include the full Microsoft Office suite and Spotify, while Slack, Evernote, Netflix, Facebook, Adobe Photoshop Elements and many others are already available.

The operating system uses Microsoft Edge as its default browser, which Microsoft claims is more secure than Chrome and Firefox. It also includes features such as the new Tab Preview Bar, designed to make it easier for students to organise research and manage school projects. With full support for Windows Ink in Microsoft Edge, students can make notes directly on a web page and share them with classmates.

Device partners including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba are expected to bring out a range of Windows 10 S devices in the coming months. Microsoft will soon release the new Surface Laptop too, which will run the new operating system by default.

How does it compare to Google’s Chromebooks?

Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to the success of Google’s Chromebooks in the education sector. Chromebooks are affordable laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS, which is an operating system built around the search company’s Chrome browser and is limited to web apps and some Android apps.

Windows 10 S, while aimed at the same market, is a fully-fledged version of Windows that is limited to apps from the Windows Store, but can accept and use any peripherals or other devices that any other Windows computer can. That will make Windows 10 S much more capable than Chrome OS.

If you would like more information in relation to Windows 10 S or how Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education gives IT decision makers and administrators in businesses or schools a flexible way to find, acquire, manage, and distribute free and paid apps in select markets to Windows 10 devices in volume, then please contact us.

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