Microsoft takes on Chrome OS with new Windows 10 S

(credit: Johannes Hemmerlein)

NEW YORK—In a move to curtail Google’s growing presence in the education market, Microsoft has announced a new Windows variant: Windows 10 S.

Previously rumored as “Windows 10 Cloud,” the new Windows variant is defined by one specific design decision: it can only run and install applications that are obtained through the Windows Store. Both applications are built using Microsoft’s new Universal Windows Program (UWP) framework, and traditional Win32 applications ported to the Store using the Desktop Bridge (formerly known as “Project Centennial”) will be permitted, but Win32 applications that use their own installers will not function.

The S does not stand for anything officially, but it might reasonably be read as implying “school” or perhaps even “store.”

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