Windows 10 S Users Will Be Stuck With Microsoft Edge and Bing as Default Browser and Search Choices

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May 2, 2017
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After months of speculations, rumors, and leaks through Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, Microsoft has finally unveiled a new version of Windows 10. Windows 10 S is a configuration of Windows 10 Pro that offers improved battery life and better security to its users. One of the biggest features (or removal) that sets Windows 10 S apart from every other Windows 10 edition is that the OS will be restricted to apps and games in the Windows Store.

While that ensures improved security because there won’t be any rogue installers bringing malware to your machines, it also limits your ability to use what you want to on your Windows 10 S laptops.

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“Windows 10 S will run any browser in the Windows Store,” Microsoft’s Windows chief Terry Myerson told the audience today probably trying to answer the biggest worry of being stuck with Microsoft Edge. But while this may push Google to bring Chrome to Windows Store, there’s still a caveat.

You won’t be able to change your default browser on Windows 10 S

Along with restricting users to Windows Store apps and games, the new version of Windows 10 will also not allow you to change your default web browser. Yes, you can use whatever browser you want to use, as long as it’s available in the Store. However, you cannot change your default web browser as Microsoft Edge will remain the default choice.

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Folks at MSPU added that along with default browser, Bing will also remain as the default search provider in most countries and users won’t be able to change these settings. In some countries (read China), Bing will be replaced by regional search providers, but again, Windows 10 S users won’t be able to alter these settings.

Microsoft is claiming that the closed-down version of Windows 10 improves security. However, these limitations may put off some users. It should be noted, however, that this whole new product line (with Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S) is exclusively designed to cater to the education segment. And for them, it might not be a big deal to be stuck with Microsoft Edge as the default browser – forever.

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