No currently known ransomware strain can infect Windows 10 S, said Microsoft today with the release of a new report detailing the next-get ransomware protection features the company introduced with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update last month.
Microsoft's statement is technically accurate because Windows 10 S won't allow the installation of apps from outside the official Windows Store, which greatly limits the ability of ransomware authors to launch their payloads on infected systems.
Nonetheless, this new version of the Windows 10 operating system is still in development, wasn't made available to the public, and has a market share of 0%.
This means that once Microsoft launches Windows 10 S, things are very likely to change, especially since Windows 10 S is advertised as an operating system for the business and educational sector, two industry verticals very popular among ransomware operators.
Ransomware and other malware authors will eventually turn their focus on finding ways to infect the OS, and ransomware strains capable of infecting Windows 10 S will likely appear, although, it's quite refreshing to hear that no known ransomware strain can infect it right now.
Presenting new anti-ransomware protection features added in Windows 10 Creators Update, Robert Lefferts, Director of Program Management, Windows Enterprise and Security, also confirmed today that no Windows 10 customer was affected by the recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak that took place in mid-May.
There were actually some Windows 10 users who got infected, but those users launched the ransomware by hand and were not infected via WannaCry's self-spreading worm, which didn't have the technical capabilities to infect Windows 10 devices.
The Microsoft exec shared these details with the release of a new report detailing the new anti-ransomware features added to Windows 10 in the Creators Update.
This list of new features includes: