March 19, 2018

Windows 10 S a Flop? Becoming a 'Mode' in 2019

08 March 2018, 01:48 | Antonio Miles

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Microsoft and OEM partners have already started selling low-end notebooks running Windows 10 S for as little as $189 in an attempt to combat low-priced Chromebooks that have become popular across various industry verticals, but especially in the educational and business sectors. This brand new blueprint of things could also let Microsoft to push S Mode to larger mass, provided it should be achievable across most versions of Windows 10.

Microsoft has just released the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17110, which developers can now use in conjunction with the Windows 10 Insider build 17110 or greater.

The executive also said that the Windows 10 S mode would be released in 2019. Just as things now work with the standalone version, S Mode in Windows 10 will limited devices to running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that Microsoft has curated through its Windows Store.

PC World contacted him to seek clarification on why Microsoft hadn't included any info on the Windows 10 S version in its blog posts.

The new Windows 10 S mode coming next year will work exactly like the dedicated OS version did - limiting usage to apps from the Store.

This was obvious from past year because Microsoft non-coincidentally announced Windows 10 S at the MicrosoftEDU Event held in NY last May. In a rather weird development, however, it turns out that the Windows 10 S was actually hiding the full version of Windows 10 - a feature that could be unlocked on the majority of operating systems for a $50 fee.

While rumors of S Mode dropped last month, Microsoft corporate vice president of operating systems Joe Belfiore confirmed them in a tweet on Tuesday.

The choice to move to a Windows 10 S mode in their competing devices was expected by many, but it's also muddying the waters and making it more hard to tell which Windows PCs are meant to capture the attention of an education market that is now enamored with Chromebooks. The biggest addition is tabs are now available in File Explorer, a highly-requested feature (more than 20,000 votes) and something Microsoft has resisted in Windows previously. "Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version", Belfiore announced today on Twitter.

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