SOLVED: What is Missing from the Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Version of Windows 10

Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) differs from the primary fork of Windows 10 (so called Current Branch CB) in more than just future enhancements.  Win 10 LTSB has three very notable programs removed from it:

  1. Cortana-Is-Not-Available-For-This-Version-Of-Windows-LTSBCORTANA: Microsoft’s personal assistant, voice command feature that works… pretty well, is just not present in LTSB.  If you click in the “Cortana” search field you and then into settings you will see
  2. STORE App and all other Modern, Metro Apps like Weather, News, Sports…: This means that you cannot install or launch any of the cool new apps which also means your START button is pretty boring without any cool live tiles
  3. EDGE Browser: Microsoft’s replacement for Internet Explorer browser is also pretty good it does note exist in Windows 10 LTSB.  Because EDGE is the future, you would think you could download it as a standalone browser (like FireFox or even older versions of IE), but as of September 2015, Microsoft has only made EDGE available on the full CB fork of Windows 10.  If you do a search to download Microsoft Edge, you will find  can download EDGE directly from Microsoft HERE but that text on that page is VERY misleading and only provides access to a marketing type Word document promoting EDGE.

Take a look at the screen shot of the Windows 10 LTSB and notice that there is no scroll bar in the ALL APPS because there are so few included in LTSB:

Windows-10-LTSB-ALL-APPS-small-list-vs-CB

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