Windows 10 S – Streamlined for security and superior performance
Microsoft has just announced the release of it’s latest operating system Windows 10 S at an event in New York City on May 2, 2017.
It’s designed for education and to take on Chromebooks and Chrome OS. Just like Google’s Operating System, Windows 10 S is fairly locked down in places and you will only be able to run apps from the Windows Store and Microsoft Edge will be it’s default browser.
By restricting Windows 10 S devices to running Store apps only, Microsoft’s pitch is that the devices will be more reliable, secure, and manageable, as all the apps in the Store will be verified.
During the demonstration onstage, Terry Myerson (Executive Vice President, Microsoft) mentioned below key points about Windows 10 S:
Microsoft has tweaked the login process on Windows 10 S.
The student who is logging in for the very first time in Windows 10 S will take around 15 seconds wherein Windows 10 Pro may takes around 30 – 40 seconds. If the students have logged in to the device before, it takes less than 5 seconds to login.
SETUP NEW DEVICES WITH USB
Windows 10 S has ability to setup the new machines using a USB drive with preconfigured options. The OS image can be setup in less than 30 seconds. Windows 10 S will simply detect the key and customize all settings ready for a school.
Given an example, wherein a school in Colorado decided to move to Windows 10 S from Chromebook using the Setup my PC app in Windows 10 S and they did setup 600 devices using 30 USB drive in one day.
INTUNE FOR EDUCATION
Windows 10 S devices can be centrally managed by Intune for Education. You can deploy apps to students and educators, without touching their devices.
Once apps are deployed, they are available to your students and educators the next time they login and follow them to any device, so they only always see the apps they are supposed to see.
It’s broadly available for administrators worldwide.
Many hardware peripherals (such as printers) that work with Windows 10 today will work with Windows 10 S, but may have limited functionality. Presumably this is because third-party drivers and utility software will not be allowed to install.
At the event, Microsoft named their seven PC maker partners (Acer, ASUS, DELL, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung and Toshiba) who will be selling Windows 10 S PCs, at prices starting at $189. Microsoft’s own flagship Windows 10 S device is the Surface Laptop, which starts at $999.
MINECRAFT EDUCATION EDITION
Microsoft said, they will be giving one year free Minecraft Education Edition subscription for new Windows 10 S education PCs.
Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st-century skills. You can learn more at: MINECRAFT EDUCATION EDITION
FREE WINDOWS 10 S
Microsoft has announced that they are making Windows 10 S free for all the schools on their current genuine Windows Pro PCs.
FREE OFFICE 365
Office 365 will also be free for the teachers and students worldwide.
So, after reviewing all the above key points, we can say Windows 10 S with all these features is the complete solution for Education and Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s attempt to strip back Windows 10 and compete with Google’s increasingly popular Chrome OS in budget, business and education sectors.
Hope this helps.