Last month, a report suggested that Windows 10 will receive a new ‘S Mode.’ Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed via Twitter about this plan. It means that the operating system will no longer remain a dedicated version starting 2019, and will shift to its Windows 10 S Mode.
We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the 'low-hassle'/ guaranteed performance version. Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO … I think it's totally fine/good that it's not mentioned.
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) March 7, 2018
To quote Belfiore: “Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version.” Accordingly, any copy of the OS will be locked down by the S Mode, which will make it run apps only from the Microsoft Store. Users will still be able to enjoy the functionalities of the operating system in the same way its dedicated version was built for.
Microsoft is as well planning to introduce the S Mode for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise and the Pro versions of the OS.
There were also some reports saying that the company allows the users of Win 10 Home for disabling the mode cost-free. In addition, Windows 10 Pro users having the mode enabled will need to pay $49 for acquiring access to the full version of the 10 Pro. This isn’t confirmed by Microsoft yet, and users will expect clearer details of these aspects of the S Mode shifting.
It’s going to be a tricky road ahead for Microsoft in refining its approach towards bringing the change. They need to clarify every single angle to the customers regarding the move, like specifically which devices will have the default enabling of S Mode, and so on. In case it is only for the PC users, things will remain confusing as a mixed amount of devices might get shipped with the mode enabled.
We’ll have to wait and see what cards Microsoft has in its sleeves for the coming change. Stay tuned with us to know more on this.