Microsoft, introduced a new version of Windows 10 in May event in New York: Windows 10S. Today Introduction of Windows 10S by Team WebIT MAN stated it as Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS, to simplify Windows for low-end hardware and in particular, the education market. “Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store,” says Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson.
That doesn’t mean that desktop apps won’t run on this version of Windows 10, but they’ll need to be specially packaged and listed in the Windows Store.
What is Windows 10 S ?
Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps in the Microsoft Store and ensuring that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge. Windows 10 S also keeps you running fast and secure day in and day out.
Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro and also has many of its features, but for security and performance. It exclusively runs apps from the Microsoft Store. It also uses Microsoft Edge as its default browser. For more details on the differences, see the feature comparison chart.
Windows 10 S Feature Comparison
|Configuration & features*||Windows 10 S||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Home|
|Non-Microsoft Store apps||—||V||V|
|Domain Join on premise||—||V||—|
|Azure AD domain join||V||V||—|
|Microsoft Store apps||V||V||V|
|Default browser set to Microsoft Edge||V||Configurable||Configurable|
|Windows Update for Business||V||V||—|
|Microsoft Store for Business||V||V||—|
|Mobile Device Management (MDM)||V||V||Limited|
|Enterprise state roaming with Azure AD||V||V||—|
|Shared PC Configuration||V||V||—|
|Other||Windows 10 S||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Home|
|Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer search default: Bing and designated regional search providers||V||Configurable||Configurable|
|Switch to Windows 10 Pro (through Microsoft Store)||V||—||V|
*V stands for Valid in respective version of Windows 10.
Which apps and drivers works with Windows 10 S ?
Windows 10 S also works exclusively with compatible apps from the Microsoft Store. The vast majority of apps available in the Microsoft Store will work on Windows 10 S the same way they will work on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. It will have notice of the issue included in the app’s product detail page in the Microsoft Store.
How to switch from Windows 10 S to Pro version ?
You can switch to Windows 10 Pro easily at any time through the Microsoft Store for an affordable price; payment will be collected through the Microsoft Store.
To learn more or switch to Windows 10 Pro, go to the Microsoft Store and search for Windows 10 Pro.
NOTE: In a special upgrade offer,
Microsoft is running free upgrade program of Windows 10 S to Pro until 2017 end.
Source – Microsoft