Microsoft’s new operating system, the Windows 10 S, is an intriguing move. It packs the power of a full-fledged Windows machine but is built to aid students and educators. As such, the functionalities are limited to Microsoft’s core services, all of which are powerful we mustn’t forget. The new OS is strikingly similar to Chrome OS, which is the bedrock on which the increasingly popular Chromebooks are built.
On this post, we’re going to dive headfirst into what Windows 10 S and isn’t.
It’s Powerful. At the very least powerful enough.
Regardless of the hardware, having a Windows operating system is always going to be preferable than those available in most mobile computing devices. It is packed with staple services including Cloud storage, Windows apps, and more. In short, it will be able to blaze through whatever you typically throw at a Chromebrook—and then some more.
It’s Cheaper. But maybe not by a very lot.
One of the main reasons why Windows 10 S even exists is because it wants to penetrate the $300 laptop market. This is obviously a place in which Chromebooks thrive, and I imagine Microsoft wants a big piece off of the cake. Microsoft is expecting to ship 10 S on smaller, cheaper hardware manufactured by its partners and some higher-end ones including its very own Surface Laptop priced at $999.
It’s Sensible. It makes a lot of Windows functions more lightweight.
Because Windows 10 S’ programs are limited to “approved” in-Store apps, which, Microsoft claims, will improve performance and battery life. For example, file storage becomes easier because 10 S will store files in the Cloud by default. If however educators and students find a program outside of their managed list a requirement, they will be able to update to Windows 10 Pro at zero cost. Of course, running Pro on a less-capable machine isn’t exactly ideal but it’s doable should an occasion require it.
It’s Microsoft’s way of making you use more of its proprietary apps.
Here’s the hook: Microsoft wants you to use their apps more. Granted, they are robust apps. Office 365 has proven itself time and again it’s an efficient productivity suite, but there are, of course, other software that people prefer to use. I, for one, am stuck to Google Chrome, perhaps forever. That might change, however, because 10 S, apparently, will default apps such as Microsoft Edge and Bing (as the browser’s search engine) and we will not be able to replace it with our preferred programs.