Windows 10 S vs. Windows 10 Education


With the upcoming release of Windows 10 S, what is the point of Windows 10 Education?

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5 responses to “Windows 10 S vs. Windows 10 Education”

  1. wright_is

    Windows 10 Education is a full SKU. That means that all existing educational software runs on it, it can be domain and policy managed, like Enterprise and Pro SKUs and, for example, you can run development tools, like Visual Studio on it.

    10 S is more limited, ideal for students that only need a few apps out of the store and cloud services.

    So, for general schools, 10 S might be an alternative, especially if they are all cloudy. But for educational establishments that are teaching, for example, MS Office, Autodesk, Adobe Creative Suite or developer tools, 10 S would be a non-starter.

    • rhrmn

      In reply to wright_is:

      Thank you for explaining this, wright_is. Seems like Windows 10 S isn't a complete education solution.

      • wright_is

        In reply to rhrmn:

        It is aimed at taking back a chunk of the market share that Google has taken with ChromeOS. As well as being installed on general PCs. S isn't just an education move.

    • JCerna

      In reply to wright_is:Actually you can join Windows 10 S to a domain, I think the S SKU is closer to that of Windows 10Pro. When you upgrade to windows pro from S services and a switch to accept win32 apps is made. If you remember Windows 10 cloud even having a way to turn win32 off and on. Windows 10 Edu is basically windows 10 enterprise but at a lower cost. I am pretty sure we can make any windows 10 pro +device act like windows 10 s with the right registry and services changes.

      • wright_is

        In reply to JCerna:

        You can join it to an Azure domain, but according to Microsoft's official tick-list, it won't join a local domain.

        Microsoft have said, that S is based on Pro, but without some facilities (Win32 apps, joining local domains etc.), but does have some Pro features, such as BitLocker.