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What is Windows 10 S

Windows 10 S

What is Windows 10 S

With an event that Microsoft held on May 2, they introduced a new version of Windows 10 that we can call a lighter version. This operating system, originally expected to be named Windows 10 Cloud, was simply called Windows 10 S instead.


“What is Windows 10 S?”, “How much will it be sold for?” You can find the answers to the questions you are wondering about like this. You can also find interesting things about Windows 10 S in this special article.



Release Date


Windows 10 S was introduced on May 2nd. At the same time, we have seen various devices that will come out with this operating system on the same date. Microsoft is aiming to bring the computers running with Windows 10 S later in 2017. It will also be possible to see many computers running Windows 10 S on the market from the middle of the summer.


The new operating system will not be sold as an independent product. Instead it will be available on new computers sold in stores or by IT administrators of educational institutions. Windows 10 S has been produced as a competitor to Google Chromebooks, which are quite popular in the universities. For this reason, it is not surprising that the education sector has some special advantages.




There will be no charge for Windows 10 S. Educational institutions that have acquired at least the Windows 10 Pro license will not have to pay any fees for the Windows 10 S. The cost of the operating system will be cheaper for the hardware manufacturers than the regular versions and manufacturers will be able to offer Windows computer alternatives that are cheaper than those with standard Windows 10 installed. As a result, the price advantage will be reflected to the users a bit.




Since Microsoft’s new operating system compete directly with Chrome OS, Google’s proprietary operating system for the Chromebook platform, it does not make much sense to use the same business model. Google does not sell its operating system independently to individual customers, instead it offers models loaded with that operating system. Microsoft also seems to follow this model.


In short, consumers will not pay for a training-focused, lightweight operating system, but instead they will pay for hardware that runs that operating system. Microsoft’s business partners will have incorporated the operating system’s license fee into the market price.


If we ignore the Surface Laptop, the 10 S computers we’ve seen so far are usually the entry-level, relatively low-profile configurations. In the future, we might see manufacturers to adds new models to the upper class, but it will take a while to see them.


What is Windows 10 S?


As we mentioned at the beginning, Windows 10 S is a version that has a lighter load than the standard Windows 10 operating system. This operating system only supports applications downloaded from Microsoft’s Windows Store.



However, there will be some limitations for the 10 S users. For example, it will not be possible to change the default search engine provider or internet browser. Edge will be the standard browser while Bing will be the default search engine.


The idea that only Microsoft’s approved applications for this version of Windows can be downloaded is not too foreign. Microsoft has also adopted this basic approach in operating systems such as Windows RT with Windows and Bing. Both of these initiatives were the result of Microsoft’s efforts to become the primary application provider.




We told Windows 10 S could only run the games and applications from the Microsoft Windows Store. However, traditional Windows applications will also be available on Windows 10 S computers if they are compiled in accordance with the rules.


Despite the restrictions, there are various good news. For example, despite the 30-40 second start time of Windows 10 Pro, it will be possible to open a 10 S system for less than 5 seconds. In addition, basic system configuration settings such as Wi-Fi, webcam, etc., will be much easier for many models in one network.


If it is imperative to use an application that is not available in the Windows Store, users will be able to upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro. Of course, this will be possible for a certain fee. Individual users will have to pay $ 49. However, Windows 10 S devices sold to schools will not be upgraded to Pro.


What applications will be available on laptop computers sold with 10 S or on convertible tablets? At first we will see the Microsoft Edge internet browser. However, other Internet browsers that can be downloaded from the Windows Store will be available as well. For example, if Google starts distributing Chrome on the Windows Store, Chrome will also be available on the 10 S computers.



Apart from the Microsoft Edge, OneNote and Windows Ink applications will also be available alongside with Standard Movies, Groove Music apps, Maps, Mail and Calendar. Of course, you will also be able to use Cortana.


Finally, those who are waiting for Office 365 to offer a free pack for their students will be a bit disappointed. Microsoft does not have a 10 S opportunity specifically tailored for students. Only one year of free access at the system administrator level will be given. Microsoft, meanwhile, has been atifting Minecraft’s training-focused features last Tuesday. As a result, Minecraft: Education Edition will be available free of charge on all education-focused devices that come with 10 S installed.

Jack Goodman

Founder & CEO of BrightTitan

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