Microsoft has announced a new lightweight, education focused Windows 10 S last night, and more details are slowly trickling out. The FAQ for the new OS has revealed that the default browser is locked to Microsoft Edge and cannot be changed.
Users of Windows 10 S devices are not prevented from installing new browsers, although it may be a challenge. Only apps from the Windows Store are allowed on the system, and not all that many browsers have bothered to create a version for the closed eco-system.
However, Windows will always execute any web content using Edge; even if there is another browser available. It may not be a problem for those who are used to using Microsoft’s solution to web browsing, but many people tend to prefer the alternatives.
Making things slightly less exciting is the fact that both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer are also locked to Bing as the default search engine.
It’s not unusual that Microsoft would want people to use its applications and services. Especially since in a product aimed at students. Getting them into the Microsoft eco-system while young. Still, it may make the Windows 10 S devices less attractive for those of us who would like to use other web browsers.
[Source: Windows 10 S FAQ]