Microsoft today announced the first third-party Windows 10 S laptops. The four devices are targeted at the enterprise market while Microsoft till now mainly targeted Windows 10 S at students and educational institutions.
The laptops are from HP, Lenovo, Acer and Fujitsu. HP will be first to market with the HP Stream 14 Pro in October with a MSRP of $275. In Q4, Acer will follow with two models followed by Lenovo’s V330 in February next year.
In the announcement, Microsoft underlines how simple to use and secure the devices are. It also specifically mentions how the devices can be managed through Intune and Azure Active. A future update will add Windows 10 Enterprise functionality such as Credential Guard, Application Guard and centralized management of the Windows Store and Cortana.
It’s for the first time that Windows 10 S is marketed for business4. During the announcement of the OS, Microsoft mainly spoke about usage by students and teachers which would make it mainly a competitor to Chromebooks.
Windows 10 S is a Windows 10 version that can run on systems with low hardware requirements. The OS can only run app from the Windows Store. Till the 31st of March 2018 users of Windows 10 S can switch to Windows 10 Pro for free.