Microsoft’s unpopular Windows 10 S is getting shuttered, or so it seems. The Redmond based software giant is going to turn Windows 10 S into a separate “S mode”, which will be included in the regular version of the OS.
The so-called S mode will be available in the usual editions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Enterprise.
The move was made to simplify the options available to buyers. Rather than charging $50 for upgrading to the regular Windows 10, users on some platforms will be able to switch their way in and out of Windows 10 S free of charge.
It looks like those on Windows 10 Pro may have to pay for it, though it hasn’t been confirmed at this point.
Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore said,
We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the ‘low-hassle’/ guaranteed performance version. Next year 10S will be a “mode” of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO … I think it’s totally fine/good that it’s not mentioned.
The S Mode will remain the same in its functionality, or rather the lack of it. It will only be able to run apps from the lackluster Microsoft Store, which makes it suitable for more lightweight machines, allowing users to get a “guaranteed performance version”.
About Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S was launched to compete against the stiff competition from Chromebooks, especially in classroom environments. The version will allow schools to run enhanced learning programs and courses, with the potential option of buying their way into full Windows 10.
Currently, laptops that come pre-loaded with Windows 10 S can be upgraded to regular Windows 10.
However, the manufacturers (HP, Dell etc) could have the option of locking it down, not letting users upgrade to Windows 10. It might create a lot of confusion among the users if this happens later on.