We had been hearing for some time now that Microsoft was going to launch a new version of Windows 10 to compete against Chrome OS and it has finally done that today. Microsoft has introduced Windows 10 S today which is its very own Chrome OS rival. It provides a robust Windows experience with low-end hardware that’s specifically targeted to the education sector.

Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson confirmed during the company’s even today that everything that runs on Windows 10 S is going to be downloaded from the Windows Store. The OS will be able to run desktop apps but they will need to be specially packaged and listed on the store.

One big advantage that Windows 10 S has over Chrome OS is that it’s going to have full Office support, this means that users will be able to take advantage of apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Excel. That’s a big plus for students.

There’s full support for peripherals and devices like you’d get on a proper Windows 10 machine so it’s not like users will be left wishing for more as far as support for their devices is concerned.

The login process has been streamed as well, it’s only going to take 15 seconds for the machine to be ready for first use. It will also be possible to setup machines via a USB drive that has preconfigured options. It will automatically detect the key and customize all settings.

Microsoft has confirmed that a wide variety of PC partners will be coming out with their own Windows 10 S devices this summer with prices starting at $189. All machines will come with a free subscription to Minecraft: Education Edition.

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