Microsoft introduces Windows 10 S

Laurent Giret

Microsoft has just kicked off its Education event in New York, and Terry Myerson is currently on stage to unveil Windows 10 S, which is the real name of Windows 10 Cloud. Myerson explained that the new Windows 10 has been “streamlined for simplicity,” and it offers an optimized experience for studends and teachers with built-in security and superior performance

Terry Myerson showed off Windows 10 S on a Surface Book, but he announced that many OEM partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba will bring a new Windows 10 S notebooks starting at $189 this summer. As for the OS itself, here is what you should know about it:

  • Windows 10 S will support all types of peripherals, including the upcoming head-mounted displays running Windows Mixed Reality.
  • It will only runs app downloaded from the Windows Store, and Myerson emphasized that these Windows Store apps don’t affect system performance in the long run
  • The full Office 365 desktop suite will soon be released on the Windows Store.
  • When trying to install legacy Win32 apps, a dialog box will be displayed to explain users that the app has not been verified by Microsoft. The pop up windows will also recommend similar apps from the Windows Store.
  • Users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro right from the Windows Store.

Terry Myerson also highlighted that Windows 10 S offered better performance than Windows 10 Pro in the area of performance on first login. Logging in for the very first time on a Windows 10 S PC will take less than 15 seconds, allowing “teachers to start teaching quicker,” said Myerson. Last but not least, Myerson announced that Windows 10 S would be free to install for all schools on their current guenine Windows 10 Pro PCs. The event is still ongoing so stay tuned on OnMSFT to learn all the details about the new Windows 10 SKU.