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Edge and Bing are the only defaults available in Windows 10 S

Image: Microsoft
Image: Microsoft
Windows 10 S does not allow users to change their default web browser or search engine, leaving Edge and Bing as the only default options for surfing and searching.

Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S yesterday, and initial impressions have been mixed, to say the least. The FAQ for the new OS has some information that may lead to some negative reviews, however; the default web browser and search engine cannot be changed.

In its official Windows 10 S FAQ, Microsoft states:

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Microsoft 10 S. You are able to download another browser that might be available from the Windows Store, but Microsoft Edge will remain the default if, for example, you open an .htm file. Additionally, the default search provider in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer cannot be changed.

Windows 10 S has already received some flack in the tech community for its inability to run any programs outside of Windows Store apps. While this limitation won’t mean much to a subset of consumers, it’s an annoyance and will likely divert many users from the OS. The inability to switch the default browser and search engine is much more of a hindrance to the average user. Google’s Chrome remains the most popular web browser, and Google has long enjoyed dominance as the most widely used search engine. While Windows 10 S users can still use these tools, the software cannot be seamlessly integrated into the OS like it can on standard versions of Windows. At the time of this writing, Chrome isn’t even available on the Windows Store, making it completely unavailable on Windows 10 S.

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Sam Medley, 2017-05- 3 (Update: 2017-05- 3)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.