Mi­crosoft launches Win­dows 10 S

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What hap­pened?

Mi­crosoft has un­veiled a new ver­sion of Win­dows, called Win­dows 10 S, which is de­signed to com­pete with Google’s Chrome OS and the Chrome­book lap­tops that run the cut-down op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

Win­dows 10 S is de­signed for ed­u­ca­tion mar­kets, and will only run apps from its own on­line store. It’s also locked down for brows­ing, which means you’ll only be able to use Mi­crosoft’s Edge browser and search us­ing Bing.

Other than those re­stric­tions, Win­dows 10 S is the full-fat ver­sion of the OS, and comes with se­cu­rity and ad­min­is­tra­tion tools that are avail­able in Win­dows 10 Pro but not Win­dows 10 Home. It will ar­rive 15 June on the Mi­crosoft Sur­face lap­top.

How will it af­fect you?

Win­dows 10 S is cur­rently limited to lap­tops for schools and uni­ver­si­ties, who will be able to switch to the new OS for free. It will even­tu­ally ex­tend to other bud­get de­vices (as Chrome OS has), with HP and Acer set to launch lap­tops run­ning the OS this sum­mer for $299 (£230) and other PC mak­ers ex­pected to pitch in, too.

The main re­stric­tion is the apps. Many pop­u­lar Desk­top apps, in­clud­ing Chrome, aren’t yet avail­able in the Win­dows Store. If you buy a lap­top run­ning the re­stricted OS, you’ll be able to up­grade to Win­dows 10 Pro for $49 (£38).

What do we think?

There’s value in lock­ing down the OS, par­tic­u­larly for stu­dents or users who aren’t se­cu­rity-savvy. This could make Win­dows 10 S de­vices ideal for young chil­dren, or PC users who need Word and Edge and lit­tle else. How­ever, any­one who uses more ad­vanced soft­ware should wait be­fore switch­ing to Win­dows 10 S. Win­dows 10 lap­tops are al­ready avail­able at bud­get prices, so there’s no need to lock your­self into the re­stricted OS with­out good rea­son.

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