Microsoft today announced the launch of its new operating system that’s particularly aimed at the education sector. It’s a modified version of Windows 10 that it’s calling Windows 10 S. It’s streamlined particularly for the education sector and is going to power cheap notebooks starting at $189 to take on the market that’s dominated by Chromebooks. That’s not all, though, as Microsoft has confirmed that it will be possible to upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro.


We had heard about this possibility back when Windows 10 S was being rumored as Windows 10 Cloud. It was reported that Microsoft will enable Windows 10 Cloud users to upgrade to a full version of Windows 10. Now we know for sure that this will remain a possibility open to users.

Windows 10 S machines can only run sandboxed apps that are downloadable from the Windows Store. It will not be possible to run apps downloaded from any other source. Those who would like to run all apps on their cheap computer, Windows 10 S machines start at $189, have the option to upgrade the OS to a full version of Windows 10 Pro by just paying a one-time fee of $49.

This is an option that is perhaps best utilized with the Surface Laptop, the new Windows 10 S notebook that Microsoft announced today. It costs $999 and packs an Intel Core i7 processor, what more do you need for a proper Windows 10 experience?

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