Microsoft has added a new member to its Windows 10 family, Windows 10 S. This version of Windows 10 is mainly targeted at teachers and students. Windows 10 S works on all kinds of Windows 10 PCs from powerful machines to simple laptops that can be used in classrooms. The OS should be a competitor to Google’s Chromebooks.
Windows 10 S has the same GUI and works similar to Windows 10, but all apps have to be installed through the Windows Store. According to Microsoft that is safer and makes the computers perform better.
If users download an app from a third party, there are directed to a similar app in the Windows Store. This has to make sure that e.g computers in classrooms don’t become infected with malware or viruses, but only run approved software.
Microsoft also claims that Windows 10 S starts faster than Windows 10 Pro because it loads less software. This allows students to login faster and teachers can therefore start faster with their lessons.
Teachers can also prepare USB sticks with a predefined configuration of classroom computers. The USB stick only needs 30 seconds on a Windows 10 S PC to configure it in the way the teacher defined it.
Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba have all announced new Windows 10 S laptops starting at $189. Educational institutions receive free access to Office 365 and Minecraft: Education Edition with Windows 10 S.
PCs with Windows 10 S can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for free.