Microsoft announces Windows 10 S - Locked to Windows Store, default browser locked to Edge, default search locked to Bing

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 S - Locked to Windows Store, default browser locked to Edge, default search locked to Bing

Post by Site-rater » Wed May 03, 2017 4:07 am

On May 2, 2017, Microsoft announced their new edition of Windows, called Windows 10 S.
It has various limitations, including but not limited to:
Cannot run any application outside the Windows Store.
Default browser is locked to Microsoft Edge, even if third-party browsers appear on the Windows Store.
Default search engine is locked to Bing.

Sources:
hxxps://www.theverge.com/2017/5/2/15525654/microsoft-windows-10s-default-browser-microsoft-edge
hxxps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-s-faq
hxxps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-s

The way I see it, the browser and search locks could be seen as antitrust violations. At least with old versions of Windows that ran into antitrust troubles, there was no DRM or other software locks preventing changing of default browsers or search engines.

Since there is no released version of the WOT add-on for Microsoft Edge, this means that WOT is not available for Windows 10 S at all; no major browser vendors have announced versions for Windows Store, likely due to Microsoft imposed process limitations that limit the performance and security of third-party browsers on the Windows Store platforms.

Microsoft will offer a $50 fee though to disable these restrictions, by upgrading the operating system to Windows 10 Pro.

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RE: Microsoft announces Windows 10 S - Locked to Windows Store,

Post by Myxt » Wed May 03, 2017 7:36 am

Option3 = Windows 10 Home:
_https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-s
halfway down the page, title = "There’s a Windows 10 for everyone", content = "... with support for non-Windows Store apps."

The Verge wrote a short shock article. At-a-glance, version S appears to be a nice Safe padded room for Students so they can get wild-n-crazy without getting whacked. As long as S isn't foisted upon the rest of us as "Your Next Version", I'm comfortable with that.

_https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-s-faq
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.

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RE: Microsoft announces Windows 10 S - Locked to Windows Store,

Post by Site-rater » Sun May 07, 2017 2:27 am

<quote user="myxt">
Option3 = Windows 10 Home:
_https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-s
halfway down the page, title = "There’s a Windows 10 for everyone", content = "... with support for non-Windows Store apps."

The Verge wrote a short shock article. At-a-glance, version S appears to be a nice Safe padded room for Students so they can get wild-n-crazy without getting whacked. As long as S isn't foisted upon the rest of us as "Your Next Version", I'm comfortable with that.

_https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-s-faq
[/quote]

Actually, on Windows 10 Pro version 1703 or greater, this can actually already be enforced in Group Policy, as it was made optional to restrict to the Windows Store in version 1703 (Creators Update) and the option was added to Group Policy too.

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