Microsoft have launched Windows 10 S, which is a brand new version of its operating system that we begin to come with many new PCs in the near future.
But what it is and how does it differ from the other editions of Windows?
Windows 10 S is a fully-fledged version of Windows 10 that has been specifically designed for low cost computers as well as education orientated machines and even some premium computers such as the Surface laptop.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE FROM WINDOWS 10 HOME OR PRO?
The big difference between Windows 10 S and the other version of Windows is that the S version can only run applications that have been downloaded from the Windows store. This is unlike the other versions which do have the option to install third party applications from sites or other stores.
In addition to this Windows 10 S has Microsoft’s BitLacker encryption built in, which some of the Home version don’t. This application allows you to encrypt your secure files to protect them in the event of a theft.
Its worth noting that Windows 10 S will receive the same security updates, at the same time as other versions of Windows 10.
WHATS APPS CAN AND CAN’T RUN ON WINDOWS 10 S?
Anything that has been downloaded via the Microsoft store will run on Windows 10 S. There are thousands of applications on their and soon the full Microsoft Office suite will be included within this.
Any applications that are currently not available in the Microsoft store will not be able to be installed or run. This includes Apple iTunes, Googles’s Chrome browser, Full versions of the Adobe suite of products.
WHICH BROWSER WILL IT RUN?
Windows 10 S will be limited to Microsoft browser – Edge. Other browsers may become available through the Microsoft store at a later date.
WHEN WILL IT BE AVAILABLE?
The Microsoft Surface Laptop will be one of the first machines to ship with Windows 10 S and this is expected to ship in the US on 15 June, the UK details are yet to be confirmed.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINDOWS RT?
As you maybe aware, this isn’t the first time Microsoft have release a locked down version of Windows, their first attempt Windows RT was released in 2012. It was a version of Windows 8 that could only run apps from the Windows store and came on the first Microsoft surface tablet.
Windows RT was limited to the Windows Store apps because it rather processors that are similar to those found in smartphones.
The different with Windows 10 S is that it isn’t locked down due to the hardware restraints but for security, speed and efficiency reasons.