Windows 10 S: all we know so far

Surprise! Microsoft has announced brand new version of its most popular operating system which is called Windows 10 S. Here is what has been revealed so far in a question and answer manner:

What is Windows 10 S?

Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps in the Windows Store and ensuring that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 S keeps you running fast and secure day in and day out.

How does Windows 10 S compare to Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro?

Windows 10 S has many of the features of Windows 10 Pro, but for security and performance it exclusively runs apps from the Windows Store and uses Microsoft Edge as its default browser. For more details on the differences, see the feature comparison chart. 

Who is Windows 10 S designed for?

Windows 10 S was inspired by students and teachers and it’s the best Windows ever for schools. It’s also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security. By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places.

Which apps and hardware work with Windows 10 S?

Windows 10 S works exclusively with compatible apps from the Windows Store. Since Windows 10 S has just been recently announced, we are working with our partners on app compatibility and to provide more detailed information. Please check with your app publisher or back on this page in June for the latest information. Many hardware peripherals (such as printers) that work with Windows 10 today will work with Windows 10 S, but may have limited functionality. Since Windows 10 S has just been recently announced, we are working with our partners to provide more detailed information. Please check with your hardware manufacturer or back on this page in June for the latest information.

I bought an app on another Windows 10 PC. Can I use it on my Windows 10 S PC?

Apps purchased from the Windows Store are linked to your Microsoft account. In most cases, if you install an app from the Windows Store on another Windows 10 PC, you should be able to install it on your Windows 10 S PC as long as you sign in with the same Microsoft account.

Are there any defaults that I cannot change on my Windows 10 S PC?

Yes, Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Microsoft 10 S. You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file. Additionally, the default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed.

What happens if I need to use an app that is not compatible with Windows 10 S?

If you try to use an app that is not available in the Windows Store , you will see a reminder that apps used with Windows 10 S must come from the Windows Store. In some instances, you may also see a suggestion for a category of similar apps or a specific app that is already available in the Windows Store. Since Windows 10 S has just been recently announced, we are working with our partners to provide more detailed information. Please check with your app publisher or back on this page in June for the latest information.

How will I know if an app or device becomes compatible?

Compatible apps and devices will continue to grow over time. For the most up-to-date information, you can always check back at this website, in the Windows Store or with the hardware or software manufacturer.If you absolutely need to use an app or device that’s not compatible, it is easy to switch to Windows 10 Pro. See the next question for more info.

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