Microsoft's New Windows 10 S Is Targeting The Education Market

May 03, 2017 06:00 AM EDT | Anthony Hunter

Microsoft recently revealed their new version of Windows 10 known as the Windows 10 S. The new Windows basically is Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS.

"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.

Myerson demonstrated onstage the ability of the new Windows to support peripherals and devices just like the standard Windows 10. He also stated that Microsoft has "streamlined" the default wallpaper for the new Windows 10 S, a strange change to note during Microsoft's keynote.

The tech giant also made some changes to how the login process works on the new Windows 10. The new operating system will take around 15 seconds to be ready for a student to log in and use it for the first time, which is a faster process compared to the current Windows 10 Pro.

Other improvements will include tools to help teachers manage their PCs via a USB drive with preconfigured options. It can also easily detect the key and customize all setting ready for a school.

The tech giant is apparently aiming at the education market and having a goal to have a wide range of PC partners to create devices that can run on the new version of Windows 10. Devices will begin at $189 this summer, and all machines will be shipped with a free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition.

The new version of Windows 10 will be free for all schools that are now running Windows 10 Pro PCs and will come with a free Office 365 education with Microsoft Teams. Meanwhile, Microsoft will also be bringing full versions of Office to the Windows Store, but it will require more desktop apps to see if the new version of Windows 10 will be a success for the limited market.

Microsoft will also be offering an option to enable all desktop apps with no cost. Customers who will purchase a device that is running on Windows 10 S can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro to activate all desktop apps to run just like normal.


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