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Windows 10 S: What differences with Windows 10 Family and Windows 10 Pro?

It was at a conference on education that Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S, system that will be sold with the new Surface Laptop (like our other PCs designed for Youngsters) And students. If some details change compared to the classic versions of Windows 10, this can make all the difference.

This edition Windows 10 S differs first of all from other Windows 10 by its distribution mode. It will only be available pre-installed on a purchased PC (except as part of Windows Pro for teachers). Individuals will not be able to test Windows 10 S on their machine out of curiosity as they would with a different operating system.

Windows 10 S

Only Windows Store Apps:

The interest of this new system, when one already has Windows 10 Family and Pro, is in any case very limited for individuals. It combines functions of Pro and Family but has a major difference: it does not allow to install other applications outside those of the Windows Store. This offers advantages not only in terms of system performance but also in terms of security.

Thus a conventional 32-bit software downloaded from the internet could not be installed and will not add to the system or endanger it if it is malicious or potentially unwanted software. The system is however compatible but software vendors who wish to be present on Windows 10 S will have to go through a conversion tool and propose their program on the Windows Store.

When a user tries to install an application a window will prompt it, sometimes with suggestions, to look for an equivalence on the Windows Store. This feature also exists on Windows 10 Pro but is not enabled by default. See how to block software installation to improve security in Windows 10.

Edge and Bing by default, with no other possibility

The other restrictive feature of Windows 10 S stems directly from this not ability to install 32-bit software. So it will not be possible to install Chrome, Firefox or Opera as alternative browser since these are WIN32 software. The user will therefore be satisfied with Edge, the new browser of Microsoft since the arrival of Windows 10, which should also benefit from independent updates.

The browser will therefore continue to evolve and already exceeds the former Internet Explorer thanks to its capacities to host extensions, read Ebooks. Since the last Windows update it also offers an interesting tab management system.

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