Microsoft's PC maker partners are readying some new low-end devices running Windows 10 S, which they may be marketing as suited for "frontline" service workers.
New Windows 10 S devices are coming from Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Fujitsu, starting at $275. They will be available later this year, Microsoft execs said at the company's Ignite IT Pro conference in Orlando.
Microsoft and partners will be hawking these devices as "Microsoft 365-powered." Microsoft 365 is a bundle of Windows 10, Office 365, and Microsoft's enterprise mobility and security services.
Update: Here's what Microsoft said would be coming later this year:
The HP Stream 14 Pro running Windows 10 S will be out in October for $275. Acer's Aspire 1 running 10 S will be out in the fourth quarter for $299; the Acer Swift 1 running 10 S in the fourth quarter for $349; and Lenovo's V330 running 10 S for $349 will be available in February 2018.
Microsoft also noted that, "in a future update," these Windows 10 S devices will be upgradable to something called Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode. Via this upgrade -- no price yet available -- 10 S users will be able to use Windows 10 Enterprise features like Credential Guard, Application Guard, and central Store management with a Microsoft 365 subscription.
Microsoft officials said these PCs will offer self-service deployment, simpler management, and will be always up-to-date due to the way Microsoft's services are regularly and constantly updated. These Windows 10 S devices can run Store apps only and allow domain join only with Azure Active Directory (not regular Azure Directory) for cloud ID and management.