Microsoft has announced a new version of Windows aimed at education and entry-level devices called the Windows 10 S, which operates differently compared to other versions. Microsoft says that the OS has been streamlined for security and performance and the applications are delivered only via the Windows Store ensuring Microsoft-verified security and integrity.
With the Windows 10 S, users are only allowed to run verified apps from the Windows Store, and each app will be sandboxed to contain all the app performance should anything else happen. Windows 10 S is also made to be faster from logins to application launches all meant to enable both mentors and students to work faster and accomplish more in a given time period. That means you’ll need to install Windows 10 Pro should you wish to install programs not available in the store.
Windows 10 S also has an enterprise level-like management system that enables IT, administrators, to enable and disable features available on the devices for a group of students, or even teachers, to configure functions as the school sees fit.
Many hardware peripherals (such as printers) that work with Windows 10 today will work with Windows 10 S, but may have limited functionality, says Microsoft.
“You can switch to Windows 10 Pro easily at any time through the Windows Store for an affordable price; payment is collected through the Windows Store, said the company. It costs $49 (Rs. 3140 approx.) to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
Microsoft has partnered with Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba for a range of new Windows 10 S PCs for Education that includes HP Probook x360 11 G1 EE, Dell Latitude 11 3000 Series 3189 2-in-1, ASUS Vivobook W202, Acer Travel Mate Spin B1, Asus VivoBook Flip TP203, Asus VivoBook E201, Samsung Notebook M, Toshiba Altair ME+, Dell Latitude 3180, FUJITSU LIFEBOOK P727 and Toshiba Altair-R. Some of these were already released with Windows 10 Home or Pro.
The new Windows 10 S will come with Free Office 365 and a year of subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition, costing schools nothing as long as they’re already on Windows 10 Pro. This will roll out in partner education devices from partner brands such as Acer, ASUS, Samsung, and Fujitsu with prices touted to start at USD189. Microsoft’s Windows 10 will be available this July or August, just in time for the new school year in the US.