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Windows 10 S is the latest version of Windows on the digital scrapheap

Microsoft has killed off Windows 10 S, according to information obtained by industry outlet Thurrott.

Windows 10 S was built to rival Google’s popular Chrome OS platform, offering businesses and educational facilities a restricted operating system that’s safer and more controlled than the traditional consumer build of Windows 10 – but it was a little too late to the party, as Big G had already monopolised the market.

The main issue with Windows 10 S, as we outlined in our detailed comparison, is that it’s a little too restricted: applications can only be installed if they’re listed on the Windows Store with a valid license, it’s impossible to alter the default web browser even and the preferred search engine is locked to Bing (sigh).

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Microsoft isn’t giving up on its plan to overthrow Chrome OS, however.

Thurrott revealed the firm axed the standalone build of Windows 10 S in favour of an “S Mode” version that will live inside Windows 10, offering the most basic Windows functions for free, before asking customers to upgrade to access more advanced features – not dissimilar to how Windows 7 Starter worked.

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