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  • There's beenn lots of buzz surrounding Microsoft's major announcement recently about a new version

  • of Windows 10 Called "Windows 10 S".

  • But what exactly is the point of it, and how is it different from all the other versions

  • of Windows you might be using?

  • What does the S even stand for?

  • That's obviously what I'm going to cover today.

  • So before we go over the features and differences with Windows 10 S, it's important to know

  • WHY Microsoft created this new version in the first place.

  • Because it's not meant to be a "regular" version of Windows that you install on your main desktop

  • computer.

  • Instead, you can think of it as a more streamlined, AKA locked down version of Windows.

  • They said they mainly wanted to create this for educational environments, where teachers

  • would need better controls over how the computers are being used by students.

  • However, they seem to wanting to put this on surface tablets as well, which I'll get

  • to later.

  • So with this goal in mind, the main difference with Windows 10 S that you can ONLY install

  • apps from the Windows app store.

  • The idea being that if students are restricted from installing any old programs, then they

  • are a lot less likely to ruin it by installing malware or something.

  • Now right off the bat, this should make you realize that Windows 10 S is NOT some sort

  • of "upgraded" edition of Windows, but rather the opposite.

  • By design, it's extremely limited.

  • There are some other differences though that are also a bit questionable.

  • For example, it only allows you to use the Edge web browser.

  • Ok...

  • I mean I guess if you want to lock it down you could justify wanting to control the browser

  • for security purposes.

  • Oh but I forgot, you can also only use Bing as your default search engine.

  • Yea that's just retarded.

  • Now besides that last one, I think it's fair to say we shouldn't exactly be surprised that

  • they have these restrictions, because that's the whole point!

  • You can probably imagine how long these computers would last with a bunch of students if it

  • wasn't heavily controlled.

  • At least as a regular compute user you don't have to use it, right?

  • RIGHT?

  • Oh no...

  • Here's the thing... it turns out Microsoft is going to be putting Windows 10 S on their

  • new surface laptop..

  • You know, because when I spend up to $2,000 on a high end laptop, I definitely only want

  • to be able to install stuff from the landfill known as the Windows App Store.

  • This... is not justifiable, and is a TERRIBLE move by Microsoft, oh my god I have no idea

  • what they're thinking.

  • Hey Joe, I just got the new Surface Laptop, it was really expensive but they say it's

  • the best!

  • -Oh sweet, what are you going to do with it first?

  • Probably install Google Chrome, download steam and play some games, maybe install Photoshop

  • and edit some photos.

  • Haha sorry man you can't do any of that.

  • Now that obviously sounds really bad, mostly because it is, but the good news is Windows

  • 10 S IS still fully capable of running programs from outside the Windows App Store...

  • You just have to pay an extra $50 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

  • Alright, now the gloves are coming off.

  • Because I'm just gonna say it, this is a straight up scam.

  • You pay $2000 for a top end Windows laptop, get home, and find out you have to still pay

  • $50 for the privledge of actually using the freakin computer normally.

  • It's like they're trying to create their own Chromebook type device, where the operating

  • system is super dumbed down and simplified, but they just don't tell you.

  • At least with Chromebooks, you should know what you're getting.

  • You're not going to be running any heavy hitter programs on a Chromebook.

  • But with something like the Surface, these are definitely high end specs.

  • Up to an Intel Core i7, 16 Gigabytes of RAM, an SSD, but they cripple it with a far inferior

  • version of Windows.

  • And like I said, the laptop IS fully capable of running any program, you just have to pay

  • $50 to flip the switch to be allowed to do it.

  • And you might say, OK, well it's only $50, that's not that much.

  • Yea, but there's still NO REASON to limit it in the first place.

  • It doesn't change the fact that you will pay literally thousands of dollars for a computer

  • where you can't even change the default web browser!

  • The only explanation I can think of is that they want to force people to use the Windows

  • App store.

  • On something like a smartphone it makes sense because you wouldn't expect anything more.

  • But that is NOT what someone is going to expect when they buy this computer.

  • And by the way, the name is deceptive too.

  • "Windows 10 S".

  • An average person would see that and think it's somehow better.

  • It might remind you of the iPhone S models which are faster, or maybe because right on

  • the Microsoft website it says "Streamlined for Security and Superior Performance."

  • That's like if an airline says they can fly you to your destination faster because of

  • "increased security" and "lighter weight airplanes", but they do this by handcuffing all the passengers

  • and removing all the seats so you have to sit on the floor.

  • And you gotta love the page that lists all the features.

  • It specifically mentions the ability to "Stream HD video" and "Switch across apps".

  • Wow, you mean this new version of Windows can do absolutely nothing remarkable at all.

  • I mean come on, there's no way around it, this is an inferior version of Windows.

  • So at this point you might be wondering, is there ANYTHING that is good about Windows

  • 10 S?

  • Well as I touched on before, the answer may be yes, ONLY if you are not the one using

  • it.

  • By that I mean you're a teacher and your students will be using it, or you're a parent and your

  • kid will be using it.

  • Also in a school environment, it lets you create a type of USB key that can essentially

  • copy a system setup from one computer to many, so you can set up lots of computers the same

  • way very quickly.

  • It also makes it easier for administrators to enable and disable features across all

  • devices, such as blocking use of the webcam, or certain options menus.

  • Of course, many of these options have always been possible from the group policy settings,

  • it's just now easier.

  • In addition, some manufacturers will be releasing Education specific PCs that will all come

  • with Minecraft Education Edition, and Office 365.

  • So it's not really a bad deal for education purposes.

  • But as I've been saying, for basically anyone else, it's horrible.

  • I'll tell you what I think right now, which is you should NOT get a Windows 10 S device

  • if you have the choice.

  • Not only because you'll have to pay extra money to get basic functionality, but also

  • just to vote with your wallet.

  • You might think that an extra $50 is not much compared to the $2000 you just paid, but why

  • should you?

  • I don't even think it's necessarily a cash grab, because otherwise they could just charge

  • more for the laptop.

  • I think they specifically are hoping people will decide they're rather use the Windows

  • App store than pay $50.

  • So they way I see it, I hope people will avoid buying this thing, just to show Microsoft

  • that we want nothing to do with their crappy app store.

  • If they don't want to allow my favorite programs on there like Steam, then I don't want to

  • use it.

  • It's that simple.

  • So what does the future hold here?

  • If we're lucky, Microsoft will realize what a horrible decision this was, and just give

  • their products regular versions of Windows on non-education products.

  • If they really want to shoot themselves in the foot, they may even double down and try

  • putting this crippled version of Windows on all of their Surface devices.

  • If that happens, I can just predict how it will go.

  • People will see how awesome the specs are for the new surface laptops or whatever else,

  • and think hmm, I think I'll give these a shot.

  • They might even look at the marketing, and genuinely believe that "Windows 10 S" will

  • be faster and more secure.

  • But then when they get it, they're going to find out REALLY quick that their shiny new

  • device is not what they expected, and it won't turn out well.

  • I think at the end of the day, this is going to hurt the surface brand big time, I really

  • do.

  • If there's one thing I know, is that most people are not willing to change their habits

  • or learn anything new when it comes to computers.

  • They just want it to work right out of the box, and you know what, if that's how it's

  • marketed, that's what I'd want too.

  • So when these people start buying this hyped up new device and find out it does the exact

  • OPPOSITE of what they're told... (pff)... don't be surprised when people decide to never

  • buy a Microsoft device ever again.

  • Not to mention when everyone tells their friends about their $2000 new computer that can't

  • even install any of their favorite programs unless they pay MORE.

  • So here's what I have to say to Microsoft.

  • Look, you were just starting to pick up speed with your Surface line.

  • I was even thinking about getting one of the high end versions of the next one you make,

  • because they've just been getting better.

  • But this time you blew it, bigly.

  • You're not Apple, you're not Google, so why are you trying to make an iPad or Chromebook,

  • or whatever the heck you were thinking.

  • The whole appeal for the surface products was that they're highly portable computers

  • in a tablet formfactor, but ran the full version of Windows, and didn't have any of the limitations

  • of regular tablets.

  • So WHY would you remove the one thing that made your devices stand out from the rest?

  • No one wants to use the Windows App store.

  • And even if they did, you don't even allow competing software like Steam, Origin, Google

  • Chrome, and countless other amazing programs to be on it.

  • And don't think I don't know what you're doing, trying to force developers to start selling

  • their programs on the Windows store, by forcing users to use it.

  • It's much easier for people to just NOT buy your device at all.

  • And to everyone else, I guess the best way to sum up this video is, if you are a teacher,

  • Windows 10 S might be a good thing.

  • For literally everyone else, stay as far away from it as you can.

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