You may or may not have heard about Microsoft’s game changing new entry into the operating system market. The introduction of Windows10s could signal a major step forward in speed and security and help the push the removal of physical servers required for the running of corporate networks.
This will also help businesses move to a greater cloud environment where staff could work from anywhere in the event of a disaster.
Microsoft says “Windows 10 S was inspired by students and teachers and it’s the best Windows ever for schools. It’s also a great choice for any Windows customer looking for consistent performance and advanced security. By limiting apps to those in the Windows Store, Windows 10 S is ideal for people who have everything they need in the Windows Store and prefer the peace of mind that comes with removing the risk of downloading apps from other places”.
However it does address some other issues as well (namely locking down the ability to download anything that Microsoft has not approved, so that it is less susceptible to virus’s and ransomware).
Here are some quick differences for you to consider.
- You can only install 64Bit software on a Windows 10 S (W10S) device
- You cannot connect a W10S device to a on premise domain, this could affect some businesses trying to use the device. However it will connect to an Office365 domain (Azure AD) (we will write another blog on this)
- You can only download apps that are on the Windows store, this of course includes the likes of Office but you won’t be able to load unapproved software. This is a major step forward for Microsoft because it means that this version of software is going to be far less susceptible to virus’s and ransomware (very relevant with the Wannacry scare that we just had)
- If you are a business that only uses the likes of Office and is totally cloud based then this is a very good device for you to look at.
- If you do purchase a W10S device with the intention of upgrading it to Windows Pro, don’t hesitate to ask us to check the hardware requirements of Windows Pro first.
Over all we think this is a good step forward for Microsoft, and if you are a smaller business or Not for Profit that needs to keep their costs down (and has simple IT requirements) then this could be the device for you. At the moment Microsoft have the Surface Laptop coming out (start at $1700 NZ) with W10S however there will be more devices from other players coming out soon… Watch this space.
Link to Microsoft windows10s FAQ:
Link to the NZ Microsoft Store: