Microsoft announced their gen-next Windows 10 S Operating System, which was a direct attack at Google’s Chromebook devices and their Chrome OS. Microsoft aimed this OS at students and those who need cloud based PCs. However, there was one little detail that we missed at first thought: Google Chrome would not be supported by this OS!
Microsoft, as we know it, has been heavily pushing the Microsoft Edge browser ever since its launch. With the Windows 10 S, they leave you with an even lesser choice as Google Chrome cannot be installed on to it. The Windows 10 S Operating System does not allow installation of regular desktop applications. The OS only allows Universal Windows Platform apps to be installed via the Windows Store. Unfortunately, Chrome does not have such a version (yet).
However, it is possible to port regular desktop apps into UWP apps with the help of a toolset known as Desktop Bridge (Project Centennial). It is with the help of this that apps like Slack and evernote have been adapted in a UWP form. Microsoft Office too, will be made available like this before the devices running this OS start shipping. However, even if Google Chrome is indeed converted into a UWP app, Microsoft may still pose restrictions.
These restrictions were brought forward in this new update to the Windows Store policies late in March. In a reply given to a developer, a Microsoft spokesperson pointed out that browsers pose a special kind of risk.
Desktop Browsers installed from the Store aren’t more secured by default. They are secure only if, like Edge, they’re true UWP apps, so they run in a sandbox environment and they don’t have access to the overall system. Converted apps, instead, have some components which are virtualized (like the registry or file system redirection) but, except for that, they have the “runFullTrust” capability, so [they] can go out from the sandbox and perform operations that can be malicious.
However, there still is one way that Google Chrome might be on Windows 10 S – a highly unlikely option though. This involves Google re-coding Chrome from scratch to function like a UWP browser app. However this seems rather unimaginable as of now.