Windows 10 S Features That are About to Disappoint the Biggest Number of Users Worldwide Yet

By C. de Lacy / 2017.05.14

Microsoft has recently reached quite a milestone with the 500 million machines that run on Windows 10 right now. However, the upcoming Windows 10 S might be the complete opposite of this success with its particularly disappointing and infuriating feature might cripple the operating system's usability among professionals and average users.

An earlier report from Ars Technica indicates that a certain Windows 10 S feature will block off applications that weren't downloaded from the Windows Store. Without the need to mince words, this simply means no other programs, unless approved by Microsoft, will run and that might just include Steam or even some professional lesser-known suites like OpenOffice, WordPerfect and hundreds more. Users can't realistically expect all these free and paid software to seamlessly integrate with Windows Store and this could ironically point people to a large window of problems.

Besides this, Windows 10 S, as recently posted at Forbes might also prove to be problematic when it comes to browsing. As stated in the Windows Store policy, Google's ever-popular Chrome might not run at all. The statement is as follows;

“Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform.”

Google may not have any problem with rewriting the entire thing for Chrome, though there's no assurance whether the company will find this reason enough to do so. Otherwise, Chrome, Opera or even other preferences might be shoved away out of the picture, leaving people with only Edge as the browser and Bing as the search engine.

The post further states that Microsoft's only solution, which barely counts as one, is by upgrading to Windows 10 Pro. However, this will cost users who another $50 once the free upgrade promotion ends this year.

Looking at the issue in a broader stroke, it won't only affect average users who regularly download and acquire programs and applications from non-Windows Store sources. It would also affect developers, making their programs unable to run at all, unless they dish out and extra $50.

Still, Windows 10 S is targeted for low-end hardware, which means that it might not be a regular operating system that everybody would want to be using for everyday use, especially for regular gamers. As it was presented last week, laptops shipping with the operating system will be more intended for education purposes, which might make some more sense. Still, the flexibility might be subject to debate later on.

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