Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 S can only run Windows Store apps

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

At today’s MicrosoftEDU event, Microsoft has just announced the new version of Windows 10, Windows 10 S. According to the company, Windows 10 S is the most suitable for educational purposes, and can run on a lot of Windows 10-compatible devices.

At first look, Windows 10 S looks and functions the same way Windows 10 does. But there’s a catch – you can only run apps from the Windows Store. So, if you try to install a Win32 app, the system will offer an alternative from the Store.

That’s because Windows 10 S uses special security containers, that only allow apps verified by Microsoft to run. As no Win32 application has been verified as secure by Microsoft, you simply won’t be able to run them. And that’s likely to remain as it is.

Along with the new operating system, Microsoft has also announced new apps to come to the Windows Store. These apps are, just like the system itself, for educational purposes, and one of them is the Microsoft Office Suite. There’s a new default wallpaper, as well.

And finally, Microsoft as also announced the new line of devices that will come with Windows 10 S pre-installed. Manufacturers that will produce educational Windows 10 S devices are Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba.

All of this reminds us of the infamous Windows RT, which only supports apps from the Windows Store. And we all know how things ended up for Windows RT. Microsoft knows that creating another similar operating system is too risky.

Microsoft knows that creating another similar operating system is too risky. Therefore, to decrease the risk, Windows 10 S can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, which is definitely a smart move.

What do you think about Windows 10 S? Will it face the fate of Windows RT, or Microsoft did a better job this time? Let us know in the comments below.

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