Microsoft Unveils Locked-Down Windows OS

PaulRubens - May 2, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Microsoft Unveils Locked-Down Windows OS

Windows 10 S is designed to appeal to people who want a more secure, low maintenance version of Windows.

(CCM) — Microsoft has upped the ante in its battle against virus writers and ransomware creators with a new version of its Windows desktop operating system. Introduced today, Windows 10 S is "a familiar, productive Windows experience, streamlined for security & performance," the company says. The new Windows variant, which many commentators had expected to be named "Windows 10 Cloud," has been designed so that it can only install and run applications downloaded from the Windows Store. Traditional Win32 applications, which come with their own installers, cannot be used with Windows 10 S.



The benefit of restricting the operating system to running applications downloaded from the Windows Store is that Windows 10 S computers will offer more consistent performance, battery life, and security. That is because some types of Windows Store applications run in secure "sandboxes," and Windows 10 S can manage these applications and even shut them down to reduce battery drain or to preserve memory or processor resources. Other types of Windows Store applications are constrained from installing background services and other programs that run automatically.

Microsoft expects Windows 10 S to be used in the education sector, but also on consumer PCs targeted at users who want a more secure, low maintenance Windows computer.

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