Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 S. Windows 10 S is a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers a familiar, productive Windows experience that’s streamlined for security and performance. By exclusively using apps in the Windows Store and ensuring that you browse safely with Microsoft Edge, Windows 10 S keeps you running fast and secure day in and day out. Available today to MSDN subscribers today.
The new operating system will be available in an ISO file so developers can download and install it to test their apps on Windows 10 S. Specifically, Microsoft wants education-focused developers to properly test Windows 10 S to make sure it’s ready for that particular client group. This is also a first step towards making Windows 10 S more broadly available to schools, as Microsoft promised earlier in the year.
While anyone with an MSDN subscription will be able to download and test Windows 10 S now, Microsoft still isn’t making it available directly to consumers to switch to. It’s unlikely we’ll see that change, but Microsoft is making an Update Assistant Tool available next week that will include Windows 10 S. This tool is targeted towards schools, but it’s possible that anyone will be able to use it to download and test Windows 10 S.