Windows 10 S won't work with Chrome, Opera, or Firefox

Non-Microsoft web browsers won't work with Windows 10 S.

@anthony256
Published Sun, May 14 2017 6:20 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:55 AM CST

It seems as though Microsoft is making some very interesting moves with its upcoming release of Windows 10 S, which is a more restricted version of the full Windows 10 for the education market, something Microsoft is looking to combat Google's Chromebook/Chrome OS combo with.

Windows 10 S won't work with Chrome, Opera, or Firefox | TweakTown.com

Microsoft is placing restrictions on the software you're allowed to install with Windows 10 S, with one of those caveats being that the software will only be available on the Windows Store - meaning no third-party browsers. This means we won't be seeing Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Safari on Windows 10 S, ever.

Windows Store policy 10.2.1. states: "Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform".

Why this matters: This is a strong move by Microsoft, and it's something that would've been heavily criticized years ago as anti-competitive but the game has changed. Google is now a powerhouse in the education market and is eating into Microsoft's once dominant business, and could lead to Microsoft already envisioning a future of full Windows releases being more locked down to specific software or ecosystems.

NEWS SOURCE:au.pcmag.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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