Microsoft launched Windows 10 S last month at their #MicrosoftEDU event. The new OS is primarily targeted towards the education market and thus competes directly with Google’s Chrome OS.
While it received mixed reviews from the users and tech enthusiasts alike, Windows 10 S is poised to gain tractions in the education sector. Google, whose Chrome OS is already the key player in most of the schools and colleges in US, has already responded to the threat. According to an interview to Business Insider, Google’s Prabhakar Raghavan has said that they are happy “to see a validation of the approach” which they’ve taken.
He has further stressed that students were the ones who will drive their futures and the tech giants won’t hinder them. “What educational institutions have demanded is simplicity. It’s a real test tube for all of us, whether it’s Microsoft or any of us, right.” Chromebooks are a major success in the US and Raghavan said that they are exploring more options to spread it over the world.
Microsoft has already launched laptops running Windows 10 S and has promised more devices which will cost as little as $189. The devices will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro from the Windows Store at a minimal price and will have access to all apps from the Windows Store. With the right push and OEM strategy, Microsoft can win over the education sector from Google if they really want it.