Windows 10 S: what is it and how could it benefit your organisation?

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 08 May 2017
Windows 10 S: what is it and how could it benefit your organisation?

Last week, Microsoft released Windows 10 S – a new streamlined version of its operating system that works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store. Here’s some more information about what it is and who it is aimed at.

What is Windows 10 S?
According to Microsoft, it’s basically a full version of Windows 10 Pro that has been streamlined for security and performance. Users are limited to running apps only available from the Windows Store. The aim is to improve simplicity, security and speed. It will be available on low-cost devices and premium ones too, including the new Microsoft Surface Laptop.

How does Windows 10 S compare to Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro?
The operating system has many of the same features as Windows 10 Pro and Home, but the biggest difference is that it only runs apps in the Windows Store and has Edge as its default browser. All other versions of Windows allow you to install and use third-party applications.

Who is Windows 10 S designed for?
The target market for Windows 10 S is students and teachers. But Microsoft says that it is also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security.

“By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places,” the company says.

When will it be available?
The new operating system is expected to be installed on new devices available this summer. One of the first devices confirmed to run Windows 10 S is the new Microsoft Surface Laptop, which will be available to buy from 15 June.

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