MS Executive Confirms 'Mode' Rumor about Windows 10 S

MS Executive Confirms 'Mode' Rumor about Windows 10 S

MS Executive Confirms 'Mode' Rumor about Windows 10 S

The new "S Mode" for Windows 10 will allow Microsoft to offer numerous same features as Windows 10 S without having to build and sell a separate line of products. 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.

Say goodbye to Windows 10 S as a standalone SKU and hello to S Mode in Windows 10.

If we're to take the Neowin story as 100% accurate, "S Mode" will be available for any owner of Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions. He sees the new mode as a way of removing the hassle and guaranteeing the performance of Windows 10 for education or business use.

As part of its latest Developer Day event, Microsoft announced a new AI platform coming in the next version of Windows 10. It does appear that some features of Sets, as Microsoft calls its tabs, will appear in the next Windows 10 update later this year.

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To make matters worse, Microsoft went and put Windows 10S on expensive systems such as the Surface Laptop by default, which forced people to waste time upgrading to real Windows 10 to unlock the potential of their $1500 (or more) machine.

Windows 10 S was built to compete against Chrome OS in the education market, but it has not gathered much market share in the U.S. and Canada compared to Chrome OS, regular Windows devices and iPads. Chrome OS and Chromebooks proved popular in the education market, both because of the comparatively low price and ease of use. The big problem is that the control panels in Windows 10 Home and Pro don't allow you to disable all of Microsoft's data collection (such as telemetry and diagnostic data).

However, at least in the EU, Microsoft would have to obtain consent if the data was used in any other way than mentioned or if it wasn't clear to the user that the data would be used for more than just finding the device. Belfiore's tweet was posted in response to a user asking why Windows S 10 market share data wasn't being separated from overall Windows 10 market share figures.

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