At an event yesterday, Microsoft announced a big leap into the education sector, by launching the news Windows 10 S operating system. However, now that people are getting a hands-on the new OS, some catch are coming to site. At the launch, the company was quick to reveal that only Windows Store apps will run on Windows 10 S. Additionally, Windows chief Terry Myerson also pointed out that the new OS will run any browser in the Windows Store. While it s true Windows 10 S can run any browser from the Store, reportedly, Microsoft is restricting users from altering the default browser on the new Windows 10 S. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Nintendo Direct E3 2021: Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars, a new Legend of Zelda and more
Essentially, due to the restriction of being able to only use apps downloaded from the Store , users of the new OS won’t be able to install things, for instance, Google’s Chrome browser, if they wish to. Which means, they ll pretty much have no choice but to use Edge. However, the bigger problem that even if Google ports Chrome to the Windows Store, or you find another browser that you like there, Windows 10 S won’t allow you to change your default browser. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
In an FAQ for Windows 10 S, Microsoft admits you are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file. This means if you click a link from another app, or open a link from an email then you ll be thrown into Microsoft Edge, even if you wanted to use another browser. This was pointed out by The Verge. ALSO READ: Microsoft Windows 10 S: Redmond s new low cost OS that caters to education
Windows 10 S is primarily aimed at the educational market, and it makes sense that Microsoft wants students growing up using its services. However, this isn’t the type of choice Windows users are typically used to, and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft is willing to alter this based on feedback from Windows 10 S users.