Help Me Choose: Operating Systems

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is targeted to consumer users of Windows. Windows 10 Home includes the familiar features of Windows 10 with support for non-Microsoft Store apps. It features Cortana Assistant, Microsoft Edge web browser, Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices, Universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video, ability to capture and share game play for XBOX One owners.

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro has all of the features of Windows 10 Home with added features perfect for professionals. Additional Pro features include: Domain Join Services, BitLocker Drive Encryption, Remote Access Services, Group Policy editor, and Windows Update for Business.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations has all of the features of Windows 10 Pro and more. It delivers faster data handling and storage, a new file system that finds and repairs faults, and support for the next generation of PC hardware, up to 4 CPUs and 6TB of memory. Windows 10 Pro for Workstation is an operating system edition required by Microsoft for Windows Pro systems with Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors.

Windows in S Mode

S Mode delivers the familiar, robust and productive experiences of Windows and is streamlined for security and superior performance. S Mode exclusively uses Microsoft-verified apps in the Windows Store and ensures safe browsing with Microsoft Edge.

Note: S Mode restricts software installation to applications from the Microsoft Store. Devices may be upgraded to their respective Windows editions through the Microsoft Store. For more details, visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4020089/windows-10-in-s-mode-faq. Windows S Mode is offered on a limited set of Dell products.

Linux Ubuntu

Ubuntu is an open-source operating system built for Linux enthusiasts. Dell makes Ubuntu, is one of the most popular operating systems in the market, available free of any licensing fees. There are thousands of free applications available through the Ubuntu Software Center. LibreOffice (office productivity suite) is included and Ubuntu is compatible with the Microsoft Office Suite. The Ubuntu operating system offers safety and security through a trusted application software repository, data encryption and built-in protection from malware and viruses. For longevity and stability, Ubuntu includes 5 years of free security and maintenance updates with Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support). Dell offers Ubuntu on select products as an alternative to Windows or Chrome.