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Microsoft´s New Windows 10 S Forces Users to Use Edge and Bing by Default

In a FAQ for Windows 10 S, Microsoft clarifies that users won’t be able to change the default browser and search engine on their devices.


Microsoft unveiled its new OS yesterday in New York at its education-centered event. However, one day later a detail in the FAQ of Windows 10 S has surprised potential users.

In this FAQ, discovered by The Verge, clarifies that Windows 10 S users will have to use and Bing as their default browser and search engine respectively.

Microsoft clarifies that “[y]ou are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default”. Therefore, even if you install another browser, every time you open an .htm file or click on a link, it will open in Edge.

Additionally, the company explains that “the default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed.” Therefore, S users will be “stuck” with Bing as their default search engine.

What can users do?

Surely, this information will shake things up for . Microsoft announced its new, lightweight OS yesterday, and it's already causing controversy.

What seems to be the best move is upgrading your Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft is offering the upgrade for free if you are a teacher, student, or administrator.

For everyone else, upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 10 Pro will cost $49. With that price, you can have the full version of Windows 10, without any browser/search engine boundaries.

Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas is a former sports journalist and an amateur gamer. Combining his love for technology with his writing experience, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. Being an artistic “soul”, he is also writing poems and short stories.

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