All you need to know about Windows 10 S!

Windows has a new operating system called the Windows 10 S along with its new surface laptops. Obviously, people would have many questions regarding what it offers and what it’s got in its bags? These questions will be answered. It’s an operating system made to tackle the Google’s Chrome-OS which is most affordable in the market. Windows 10 S sounds a lot like Windows 10, but in reality, they are two very different operating systems.

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. It exclusively uses apps in Windows Store and ensures that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge keeping you running fast and secure day in and day out.

What is the difference between Windows 10 S and Windows Home or Pro?

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. Every other version of Windows 10 has the option to install applications from third-party sites and stores, as has the majority of versions of Windows before it.

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. It will also receive the same updates at the same time as other versions of Windows 10.

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.

Which apps and hardware work with Windows 10S?

Windows 10 S works exclusively with compatible apps from Windows Store. Many hardware accessories and peripherals (such as printers) that work with Windows 10 today will work with Windows 10 S but may have limited functionality.

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

If you try to use any other app not available in the Windows Store the operating system will give you a reminder that apps are to be downloaded only from the Windows Store. It will also give you a list of suggested apps which are available in the Windows Store.

Can I play games on Windows 10 S?

Yes and no. You can play any game that can be installed from the Windows Store, which includes both mobile games and AAA games – mainly from Microsoft’s game studios – such as Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4, plus Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

You will not be able to install Valve’s Steam store, EA’s Origin, Blizzard’s Battlenet or any game distributed on disc or download from outside the Windows Store, however, which will severely limit the selection of games available for Windows 10 S.

Advantages of Windows 10 S:

Performance – The Big Selling Point

Microsoft has yet to reveal what Windows 10 S stands for, but ‘Speed’ would be as good a choice as any. Windows 10 S will boot in just 15 seconds. It is built on the same core as Windows 10 but is more lightweight, running on lesser hardware configurations. Which allow for both the purchase of very cheap PCs (more later) but also installation on older hardware to bring it back to life.

If you’re setting up multiple computers, Windows 10 S can also be installed via USB with pre-configured options. That’s a big time saver.

Battery Life

Microsoft also promises Windows 10 S will deliver significantly better battery life than Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft claims its first Windows 10 S computer, the ‘Surface Laptop’, will last up to 14.5 hours on a single charge, and that machine packs a 13.5-inch 1080p touchscreen display.

Wide Compatibility

This is short and sweet: if your computer can run Windows 10, it can run Windows 10S.

Microsoft also claims Windows 10 S will work with most third party peripherals as it has access to the Windows 10 driver database. Then again that is all the drivers you will have access to (more later) so if you need to manually install drivers on your current setup then expect to run into trouble with Windows 10S.

Many Windows 10 Pro Features

Interestingly Microsoft has built Windows 10S from the core of Windows 10 Pro, not Windows 10 Home.

Microsoft has yet to provide a full list of bundled Pro functionality in Windows 10 S. But you will get Pro features like Azure Active Directory (AD), Mobile Device Management (MDM), business editions of Windows Update and Windows Store, plus BitLocker and enterprise roaming. Exclusions include Hyper-V and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Low Cost

Unsurprisingly Microsoft really wants users to try Windows 10 S so as a lure the company is offering anyone dissatisfied with it a free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro before the end of 2017. After that time upgrades will cost a very reasonable $50.

On top of this, all schools currently running Windows 10 Pro PCs can get Windows 10S for free. It will include Office 365 Education with Microsoft Teams. Given its lower hardware demands, Windows 10 S PCs can be built with prices starting from just $189, but you will run into other costs.

Overall the Windows 10S is a pretty decent operating system. But the main question everybody would be wondering about is,

What does the S stand for?

According to Microsoft, the “S” doesn’t stand for anything in particular. But, the company says Windows 10S is streamlined for simplicity, security, and speed.

About Aditya Desai 15 Articles
Born and brought up in technologically sound environment I was shaped up into technocrat. To be a future computer engineer I’m extremely sharp and analytical in my way of seeing things. Deep research in fields of cell phones and computers is what makes me a good resource of knowledge. Feel free to ask us anything.


  1. Dang! This is something to follow. Windows 10 going the Google way is hopefully a good move for them. The app store is much better than what it was years ago. Would love to try it on a second device for sure!

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