Microsoft debuts locked-down Windows 10 S

Angelica Greene
May 15, 2017

The new Microsoft laptops max out at 16GB RAM (like Apple's lineup) and 512GB of SSD (Apple's MacBook Pros support up to 2TB of SSD). The stripped-down version of Microsoft's operating system created to avoid taxing low-cost hardware is aimed at schools, with laptops running the software priced as low as $189.

Microsoft said manufacturers like Samsung, Toshiba, HP and Dell will begin selling Windows 10 S devices this summer, starting at $189. It offers a faster login experience for students and only runs applications downloaded from the Windows Store to ensure security. That means only desktop software that has been ported to a Windows app can be installed on a Windows 10 S PC, giving Microsoft's Edge browser a leg up on Chrome, which is notably absent from the Windows Store. For starters, you are limited to browsers that are available on the Store and for the time being, neither Chrome, Firefox, or Opera are there. Schools now running Windows 10 Pro will get free copies of Windows 10S and free Office 365 productivity software.

In addition to a code builder for "Minecraft: Education Edition", Microsoft wrote that Office 365 for Education added Microsoft Teams, a "digital hub that encourages active learning and redefines how teachers and students learn and collaborate together", according to Microsoft.

We'll be updating this article as further information becomes available.

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The laptop uses the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, and the company says that the battery life will last for 14.5 hours as a result.

Why has Microsoft made Windows 10 S?

Microsoft took the wraps off its new Windows 10 S operating system today at an education event in NY.

Windows 10 S was also built based on Windows 10 Pro, instead of Windows 10 Home. Microsoft will start shipping from June 15.

As for the specifications, the new Surface Laptop a 13.5-inch PixelSense display and a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Microsoft will also sell Windows 10 education PCs running the Windows 10 S OS on board.

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