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News Microsoft announces Windows 10 S, Surface Laptop

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 3 May 2017.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Icy EyeG Controlled by Eyebrow Powers™

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    If Windows 10S proves successful, I wouldn't be suprised if they discontinued Windows 10 Home all together, finally completing the lock down Microsoft has always intended with "Windows as service", with a paying option to open it up.

    I just hope x86 Windows 10S machines aren't locked at bootloader level.
     
  3. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Why is W10 Home not upgradable to W10 Pro for a discounted price like this?
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Except that, as is stated in the article, OEMs are launching Windows 10 S devices - including plain-ol'-laptops and two-in-ones - starting at £299, and they're also upgradeable to Windows 10 Pro. Much more likely explanation: let people buy cheap devices that would have been running Windows 10 Home but with Windows 10 S that they can upgrade to Pro for free until the end of the year, then point to massive sales of said Windows 10 S devices as 'proof' of Windows 10 S' popularity (when, in point of fact, it's actually because it's a cheap way to get a Windows 10 Pro device.)
     
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    Because it's going to be discontinued, that's my assumption.

    That's also why they don't offer a 10S to 10 Home upgrade either.
     
  6. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees Nebuchadnezzar's fixit man.

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    Everywhere I look I see the same paranoia...

    How dare Microsoft launch a cut-down, easy to administer, secure and quick OS for educational establishments.
     
  7. Icy EyeG

    Icy EyeG Controlled by Eyebrow Powers™

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    I do think Windows 10S could be a great thing to have in most bare-bones sold, as long as:

    - It's completely free of charge (not counting subscriptions and whatever more), and so no more Windows tax

    - the bootloader is unlocked (or can be unlocked easily) and wiping Windows 10S doesn't void the warranty.
     
  8. Anfield

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    Chicken and egg problem.

    Kids must learn how to use Windows as that is what they will most likely face at work, work can't move away from Windows as that is what potential employees know.
     

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