Is Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s answer to Chrome OS ?

Microsoft is introducing a new version of Windows 10 today: Windows 10 S. It’s essentially 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.

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So How’s Windows S different from Other Windows ?

The biggest difference in Windows 10 S is that can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store. These apps are checked for security and run in a secure container. This ensures that applications can’t mess with your registry, leave files behind, or cause problems with the rest of your PC. You can get the same benefits by running those new Universal apps from the Windows Store on a Windows 10 PC. But unlike normal Windows 10, you won’t have the option of downloading other apps that aren’t available in the store.

Thankfully, full versions of Microsoft Office 365 applications ”Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote”are coming to the Windows Store soon. They’re packaged using Microsofts Project Centennial, which allows traditional Windows desktop applications to be run in a secure container and placed in the Windows Store. The applications developer just has to package the application and submit it to the Store. Hopefully, Windows 10 S will give more desktop application developers the push to do so.

As Microsoft noted at its May 2 event, Windows 10 S can run any web browser in the Windows Store. That just includes Microsoft Edge right now, but Microsoft clearly wants Google and Mozilla to package their browsers for the Windows Store, too.

Microsoft demonstrated Windows 10 S signing in much faster than

Windows 10 Pro on a first login. That’s no surprise, as Windows 10 S won’t have all the usual manufacturer-installed bloatware slowing things down.

Windows 10 S also has a different default desktop background that Microsoft says is streamlined like Windows 10 S itself, so it provides you with a clue you’re using Windows 10 S.

What Happens if You Download a Desktop App in Windows 10 S?

If you try to download a (non-Store) desktop application on a Windows 10 S PC, you’ll see a message saying that For security and performance, Windows 10 S only runs verified apps from the Store. The dialog informs you of similar applications available in the Windows Store. For example, Windows will suggest you install Adobe Photoshop Express from the Windows Store if you try to download the desktop version of Photoshop.

In this way, Windows 10 s default behavior works just like Windows 10 with the Allow apps from the Store only option enabled. This will also protect those PCs from malware.

You can upgrade the device to Windows 10 Pro to enable running desktop applications on it. It works just like upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro. Schools can upgrade their PCs for free, while everyone else can pay $50 to unlock Windows 10 Pro and the full Windows desktop experience.

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