Once upon a time, Microsoft did a bad thing and its name was Windows RT.
Why was it so terrible? For many, many reasons but mainly because it only ran apps from the Windows Store. So guess what Microsoft has announced today? Windows 10 S, a new operating system that only runs apps from the Windows Store.
Now you're probably thinking that those two things sound an awful lot alike, but you'd be wrong - they're actually quite different, for various reasons which we shall now outline for you below...
1) Windows 10 is good, Windows 8 was not
Slagging off Windows 8 is a bit like laughing at the current state of Arsenal; it's too easy. Fun, but too easy.
While that operating system tried to straddle the great tablet-laptop divide and gave itself a hernia in the process, Windows 10 does the same thing with aplomb. It's fast, easy to use and has a load of neat tricks like touch and 3D built into it. Windows RT was a horror show because Windows 8 was a horror show. Windows 10 is good, so Windows 10 S should also be good. It really is that simple.
2) The Microsoft Store has apps now
Imagine creating an operating system that only worked a sparsely-populated app store. Well, Microsoft isn't about to do the same thing again with Windows 10 S.
That’s partly because the Windows Store now has a decent-ish selection of regularly updated apps including Instagram, Netflix and Photoshop Express. Yes, there are still fair few missing downloads, among them Amazon Prime Video, Reddit and BBC iPlayer. But on the other hand it's easy enough for developers to bring new apps to the store if the demand is there, which is why Spotify will be arriving this summer.
3) Microsoft’s Edge browser is better than Internet Explorer
So Spotify's on the way to the Windows Store but isn't there yet. What do you do in the interim? Well, on Windows 10 S you simply open up Microsoft’s Edge browser and head over to Spotify’s web app. These things weren’t common in 2012 when Windows RT first launched, but now several major apps that aren’t in the Windows Store are supported in this vein.
Better still, Microsoft’s Edge browser is a faster, more versatile upgrade over Internet Explorer, which it replaced. While not quite the equal of Google’s Chrome it certainly stands up to Apple’s Safari, which is a real boon when you’re perusing the internet’s many wonders.