Microsoft takes the wraps off the next generation of Windows 10 S devices

Ignite, Microsoft’s annual IT event, is currently underway in Orlando, Florida, and the software giant today revealed a range of new Windows 10 S devices from the likes of HP, Lenovo and Acer.

Windows 10 S is a cut down version of Windows 10 that only runs software from the Microsoft Store. It’s also faster and more secure, and when it launched it was aimed primarily at the education market -- a clear rival for devices running Google’s Chrome OS. Microsoft is now looking to expand Windows 10 S into other markets.

At Ignite, Microsoft announced the first Windows 10 S devices for Firstline Workers -- the two billion people who "serve as the first point of contact between an organization and its customers or products."

The devices from Microsoft OEM partners HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Fujitsu are priced from $275, with availability starting from as soon as next month.

Microsoft lists the following advantages of Windows 10 S for Firstline Workers:

Bernardo Caldas, GM, Commercial Marketing in Windows, also reveals future features of the S variant: "Another important scenario for many businesses is the ability to customize and lock down devices to specific tasks or experiences for Firstline Workers and kiosks. In the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, organizations can quickly setup and maintain locked down single purpose devices with improved tools in Windows Assigned Access. In future updates, we are also building additional lockdown, customization, and anti-theft capabilities."