MS Executive Confirms 'Mode' Rumor about Windows 10 S

Microsoft Previews New Privacy Screen For Windows Insiders

Microsoft Previews New Privacy Screen For Windows Insiders

Now, it turns out that their skepticism was warranted because Microsoft has already confirmed that it's scrapping Windows 10 S and replacing it with a new Windows 10 S "Mode". A spiritual successor to RT, the operating system is a slimmed down version of Windows 10 with added security (by way of locked down app installs) and lower hardware requirements created to be run on sub-$300 systems that can be purchased in bulk by schools. To counter that, we got Windows 10 S: a feature-limited version of Windows 10 aimed at the education market and restricted to software installations from the Windows Store.

Microsoft is as well planning to introduce the S Mode for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise and the Pro versions of the OS.

It appears as if the success of Windows 10 S has not been where Microsoft was hoping, as they're now encouraging users to start upgrading to the regular version of Windows and take advantage of a new Windows 10 S Mode.

Microsoft said the new privacy settings will roll out to customers with the next Windows 10 update this spring.

This news comes straight from Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore, who tweeted it out last last night, stating, "Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version". It is possible to unlock a full version of Windows 10 if you are willing to pay for it. As marketing strategies go, this one seems like it could confuse consumers unless Microsoft clearly details how the changes will impact each version.

Some recent estimates suggest Chrome OS now owns about 60% of the United States education market in grades K-12.

Belfiore also inadvertently confirmed that Windows 10 S was in fact created to tackle Chrome OS and regain its dominant foothold in the educational sector. The third benefit that Microsoft pointed out is rather obvious, and that's flexibility, since developers can now choose whether to process this data on the device, or in the cloud.

We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the "low-hassle"/guaranteed performance version.

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