Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro feature comparison

May 2, 2017

Microsoft today announced the new Windows 10 S, a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that is streamlined for security and performance. Windows 10 S has many of the features of Windows 10 Pro, but for security and performance it exclusively runs apps from the Windows Store and uses Microsoft Edge as its default browser. There are some key differences between Windows 10 S, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, see the feature comparison chart below.

Windows 10 S Feature Comparison:

Configuration & features Windows 10 S Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Non-Windows Store applications X
Domain Join on premise X X
Azure AD domain join X
Windows Store Apps
Default browser hardened to Microsoft Edge  Configurable Configurable
Windows Update for Business X
Windows Store for Business X
Mobile Device Management (MDM) Limited
Bitlocker X
Enterprise state roaming with Azure AD X
Shared PC Configuration X
Other Windows 10 S Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer search default: Bing and designated regional search providers Configurable Configurable
Switch to Windows 10 Pro (through Windows Store) X

You can learn more about the default browser and search engine on Windows 10 S here.

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