Microsoft has made it possible for Insiders to test its lightweight Windows 10 S operating system on any PC. The company has also made it easier for existing Windows 10 S users to sign up for pre-release builds before they are rolled out to everyone.
Until now, only Windows 10 S users could download and install early builds of the platform, and signing up for them was cumbersome. Not only has Microsoft streamlined this process, but it has made it possible for testers to install the platform on any PC — so long as it’s currently running a Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 10.
“Windows Insiders can try Windows 10 S on their PCs and join the Windows Insider Program via Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program to receive Insider Preview builds for Windows 10 S just as they would on other editions of Windows 10,” explains Microsoft’s Dona Sarker in a post on the official Windows Blog.
Windows 10 S, which made its debut with the Surface Laptop, is a lightweight version of Windows 10 that allows applications to be downloaded and installed exclusively from the Windows Store. This makes the platform more secure than regular versions of Windows, which allow users to install apps from any source — some of which may not be safe.
By enabling almost anyone to try Windows 10 S, Microsoft opens the platform up to more developers, who may wish to consider bringing their apps to the Windows Store. It also allows curios Windows users to try it out, which could persuade some that Windows 10 S is all they need.