Windows 10 S is dead, long live S Mode

Alyssa Bailey
March 11, 2018

Windows 10's S mode blocks the operating system from using traditional Win32 apps, allowing only apps from the Windows Store instead.

Upgrade your computer with the regime's Mode to the normal version of Windows 10 will be free regardless of the release. That is why the Redmond giant has made a decision to include Windows 10 S in every Windows 10 version through a special S Mode which will arrive with an upcoming update.

Belfiore goes on to say that his employer expects the "majority of customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10 in S Mode".

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Windows 10 S was created to simplify administration for school sysadmins by running only apps from the Windows Store and designed to run on low-priced hardware. Windows 10 S users in an educational setting can now upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free, but "a fee may apply" to everyone else. Likely, he is referring to "Redstone 4", the code name for the next major update in Microsoft's semiannual channel release scheme for Windows 10, which consists of two big feature updates arriving each year in the spring and fall. If you are an enterprise customer, you will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled.

Yes, Microsoft will take this separate version of Windows, which shipped on the Surface Laptop and other machines, and turn it into a mode next year.

"By offering multiple experiences to our Insiders, we're able to hear multiple points of view, along with preferences on the best set up experience that showcases privacy set up choices", Marisa Rogers, privacy officer for Microsoft's Windows & Devices Group, wrote yesterday in a blog post. Moreover, it delivers predictable performance and quality with the help of Microsoft-verified apps via the Microsoft Store.

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