[WIN] What is Windows 10 S and how is it different from regular Windows 10?
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What is it, how much does it cost and how is it different to Windows 10 Home or Pro?

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.

Windows 10 S will boot 15 seconds faster than a comparable machine running Windows 10 Pro with the same profile and apps installed, and it will run as fast on day 1,000 as it does on day one, Microsoft says.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Windows 10 S will only be available on new machines for the foreseeable future, and won't be available as a separate version of Windows users can upgrade with or install as with Windows 10 Pro.

Machines running Windows 10 S will be available from a variety of Microsoft's PC-making partners, with Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba all producing machines, starting at $189 in the US. What if I have Windows 10 S and need to run apps outside of the Windows Store?

Any Windows 10 S machine can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro for a one-time fee of $49. Some machines, such as Microsoft's Surface Laptop, will also come with a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for a limited period.

Once upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, it is not possible to revert back to Windows 10 S. How does it compare to Google's Chromebooks?

Windows 10 S, while aimed at the same market, is a fully-fledged version of Windows that is limited to apps from the Windows Store, but can accept and use any peripherals or other devices that any other Windows computer can.

That should make Windows 10 S much more capable than Chrome OS, but it remains to be seen how well Windows 10 S runs on the cheapest of machines - something at which Chrome OS excels.

How is it different from Windows RT? This isn't the first time Microsoft has attempted to make a version of Windows that is locked down to just apps from the Windows Store.


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