In middle of 2017, Microsoft unveiled a new version of its Windows platform called Windows ’10 S’ which has been used as an option for schools or businesses that want the ‘low-hassle’/ guaranteed performance version. But now, the tech giant has confirmed that it will discontinue Windows “10 S” in favor of a special “S Mode” that is the new version of Windows.
What is it?
Windows 10 S is a fully-fledged version of Windows 10 designed for low-cost computers as well as education-oriented PCs and even some premium computers, such as the new Microsoft Surface Laptop.
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How is it different from Windows 10 Home or Pro?
The big difference between Windows 10 S and any other version of Windows 10 is that 10 S can only run applications downloaded from the Windows Store. Every other version of Windows 10 has the option to install applications from third-party sites and stores, as has the majority of versions of Windows before it.
Windows 10 S will also come with Microsoft’s BitLocker encryption system for securing your files in case of theft, which some versions of Windows 10 Home do not have available. It will also receive the same updates at the same time as other versions of Windows 10.
Which apps will run on Windows 10 S?
Anything downloaded from the Microsoft Windows Store will run on Windows 10 S.
which has thousands of applications available, including free, paid and trial versions of software.
Which apps won’t Windows 10 S be able to run?
Any apps that are not currently available in the Windows Store will not be able to be installed or run. That includes Apple’s iTunes, Google’s Chrome browser and the full versions of Adobe’s Acrobat, Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite – or anything else that’s installed via the traditional Windows 7 or earlier way.
Which browser will it run?
Windows 10 S will be limited to Microsoft’s Edge browser until other browser makers, including Firefox, Opera and Google make their browsers available through the Windows Store. While Microsoft says it will not stop them adding their web browsers to the Windows Store, it is not known if or when Google and others will do so.