What is Windows 10 S ?

Windows 10 S looks to be Microsoft's latest attempt to move into the education market, following the path Google has blazed with their Chromebook brand. The look and feel is essentially the same as the "regular" Windows 10.

One of the things Microsoft wants us to associate with the "S" is "Streamlined". and as such Windows 10 S will only run software from the Windows Store (no downloading and installing 3rd party apps from outside the store).

Microsoft is promising to offer Surface devices running Windows 10 S starting at under $200 - the same sort of sweet spot as Google Chromebooks. The "streamlining" should allow Windows 10 S to run well enough on lower specification hardware, and thus keeps costs down.
All Windows 10 S devices will come with a free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition. It will also be available for free to any schools currently running Windows 10 Pro. If you buy a Windows 10 S laptop and find the OS too limiting you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for $50.
Microsoft has tried something similar before - and not all that long ago - with the ill-fated Windows RT, so it will be interesting to see if this latest effort bears fruit in it's intended market.

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