Microsoft is ditching Windows 10 S for 'S Mode'

Microsoft is ditching Windows 10 S for 'S Mode'”

After rumors last month that suggested Microsoft was turning its education-focused Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system into a "mode" in existing versions of Windows 10, the Redmond software maker has now confirmed these rumors.

The operating system that was created to kill Chrome OS is nearly dying.

Talk of Windows 10 "S Mode" has been floating about for a few weeks, but this was the first time that it has been acknowledged as a "mode", which will roll out next year. It can't run any regular Windows programs, instead relying exclusively on apps from the Microsoft Store. Neowin spotted last month that Microsoft wants to offer this "S Mode" on PCs running Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro. WinML APIs will be made available on all editions on Windows 10. Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version.

There are a lot of fixes to Windows 10 included in 17618 in everything from touchpad gestures, to the overall look and feel.

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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. One report by has said that users will be able to upgrade from an "S" version of Windows 10 Home S to full-fledged Windows 10 Home for free, but Pro users going from the "S" version to the full version will be charged $49.

Recent estimates have stated that Chrome OS accounts for about 60% of the United States education market in grades K-12. To make the evaluation process more efficient, Microsoft is using the GPU available on the device.

Belfiore prefaced this reveal by stating "we", speaking for Microsoft, "use [Windows 10 S] as an option for schools or businesses that want the "low-hassle"/ guaranteed performance version".

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