HP and Acer commit laptops to Windows 10 S

Acer introduces TravelMate Spin B1 running Windows 10 S

Acer introduces TravelMate Spin B1 running Windows 10 S

Windows 10S promises stronger virus protection and better battery life, and will be available on third party PCs with a starting price of $189.

Prior to the launch of Windows 10 S, rumours were rife that the upcoming OS will be a light version of Windows 10 Pro, but in reality, they both have same UI and features. And, since the B1 runs on the new Windows 10 S operating system, students will have access to Microsoft's Office software suite including MS Ink. The Windows 10 S variant is priced at $299 (roughly Rs. 19,200) as well, and is available in select retail stores in the U.S. and online as well.

In a separate announcement today for Windows Insider Program participants, Microsoft explained that its emerging Windows Defender Application Guard feature is just now getting released in preview form. But this time, Microsoft added a few details, that could make a big difference. This is not entirely Microsoft's fault as they do allow developers to port their desktop applications into the Windows Store, however it would seem that not many have done so and maybe Windows 10 S will change this.

Overall Windows 10 S appears to be shaping up to be a decent competitor to the Chromebook line, but the decisions regarding Edge and Bing are odd ones. Microsoft said it fixed issues with explorer.exe crashing, the Action Center not responding, and the Windows Defender Security Center failing to open when its icon is double-clicked.

Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings: Cortana is a core component of Windows and users look to the Settings app to find Cortana's settings. Which isn't so practical, in all honesty. Windows S education systems also have a relatively small price.

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Acer is known for creating some of the most compelling Chromebooks on the market, so they know how to build a great education laptop.

Windows 10 S represents a simpler version of the operating system, as it will allow to run only apps coming from the Microsoft store. And that plays a part, as well.

Windows 10 S relies upon the worst Windows feature: its store. It will run only software downloaded from the Windows Store, a limitation that Microsoft touts as a security benefit. However, if you would rather not spend the $49 and you need applications such as iTunes for your iPhone or iPod, Photoshop for some photo touch-ups or Chrome for your Google integration, then Windows 10 S will not be suitable for you.

As promised on Monday, Dona Sarkar has pressed the big red button and has unleashed the full glory of a new Fast Ring build to Windows 10 Insiders across the world.

But making its own PCs puts Microsoft into competition with the companies it relies on to build Windows devices.

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