IT pros and developers can now test Microsoft Windows 10 S, just three months after its announcement. Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions are available for testing to anyone with a Visual Studio subscription.
This week, Microsoft will also make it available to existing Windows Education edition customers.
Asking yourself what Microsoft Windows 10 S is, and what does the ‘S’ stand for? Simply put, this particular version of Windows was designed with low-cost computers in mind, such as those you often see in educational settings.
Although the ‘S’ doesn’t stand for any particular term, Microsoft says this version is streamlined for simplicity, security, and speed. One major difference from the regular version is that it can only run apps you download from the Windows Store. It also features the BitLocker encryption algorithm to make your files more secure, a feature the Home version of Windows doesn’t have.
In a statement, the company issued a warning that this build is not ready for widespread deployment, and is currently intended strictly for developer testing.
This is for good reason: the installation does not include drivers for multiple devices or certain system-level components related to power-management and performance. You may attempt to download these separately, but since they won’t run on Windows 10 S, you may encounter problems.
Currently, the only device that this version of Windows is preloaded on is Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop. In the near future, other hardware manufacturers are expected to jump aboard and offer affordable laptops for the new school season, including Dell, HP, Fujitsu, Asus, Toshiba, Samsung, and Acer.