Windows 10 S
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Today Microsoft has introduced a new version of Windows 10 today called Windows 10 S. This the company’s response to Google’s Chrome OS, which means this is Windows for low-end hardware and particularly targeted to the education market. Microsoft is really aiming this at the education market, and its goal with Windows 10 S is to have a wide range of PC partners creating devices that run this new variant of Windows 10.

At the event, Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson said; “Everything that runs on Windows 10 S is downloaded from the Windows Store,”  but also desktop apps will be able to run on this version of Windows 10, but they’ll need to be specially packaged and listed in the Windows Store. This is Microsoft’s way of forcing Windows developers to put their apps in the store.

Windows 10 S has the ability to support peripherals and devices just like regular Windows 10 and it will run any browser in the Windows Store. So this means that if Google is willing to list it’s Chrome in the Store then it will be available on devices that run Windows 10 S. Which means Microsoft’s has obviously focused on its Edge browser and in particular education sites and web apps on future Windows 10 S users.

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Microsoft has also change the login process for the new student focus Windows OS, now it will take around 15 seconds to login. This is a faster process than what’s currently available on Windows 10 Pro, according to Microsoft.

Pricing for the new windows devices will start at $189 later this year, and all machines will ship with a free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition. Windows 10 S will also be free for all schools that are currently running Windows 10 Pro PCs, and include free Office 365 education with Microsoft Teams.