Microsoft unveils Windows 10 S, a more powerful competitor to Chrome OS

At its event in New York today, Microsoft announced a new iteration of Windows 10: Windows 10 S. As previously rumored, it’s Microsoft challenger to Chrome OS.

Microsoft is calling it a “streamlined” version of Windows 10, optimized to run on lower end hardware. The OS is limited to only run apps from the Window Store, but this isn’t another Windows RT situation: they can still be full Win32 apps – they simply have to be available from the store. In that vein, Microsoft is making the full versions of the Office apps available through the Windows Store soon.

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Should a user try to download an app from outside the store, they will be suggested similar apps available in Microsoft’s marketplace. If they really need that specific app, they have the option to upgrade to a full version of the OS.