Microsoft To Phase Out Windows 10 S, Just Months After Launch

Steve Phelps
February 7, 2018

The Authority was unhappy with Microsoft not only for pushing the GWX app to computers without consent, but also for changing the design language used in the UI. That started with the launch of Vista, which came in roughly 16 variants.

When it became clear that Windows 10 for Phones was chasing Windows Phone, Windows Mobile and Windows CE went gently into that good night.

This is exactly what the dedicated Windows 10 S operating system was built to do, however, it appears the same functionality will now be built into every version of Windows - rather than exist as a separate operating system.

By turning on S Mode, you'll only be able to install Microsoft Store apps and your device, in theory, should run a bit smoother since it won't be as tasking on your CPU. It will be interesting to see how the changes impact user acceptance.

Neowin was first to, the presence of a "S Mode" for Windows 10 Home, and later Thurrott that Windows 10 S will "no longer be an SKU offered by the company" and the company will offer S mode for all iterations of Windows 10. According to Neowin, Microsoft is now planning a new mode for Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise called "S Mode" that essentially turns the OS into its lightweight counterpart at the flick of a switch.

The Windows 10 requirement is new, and it specifies any now supported version that is updated on a semi-annual basis with new feature updates - basically Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

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First devise running on Windows 10 Home Advanced are expected to show up in May, but as of now, there is no clarity on what "Advanced" means, and how it will be different from other versions.

Windows 10 Home will get an S Mode feature, which was already included in Windows 10 Pro. However, as per a Thurrott report, Microsoft won't charge an upgrade fee from Home users for disabling the S mode. However, it could allow for the kind of odd exception that Ed needed during his Windows restore.

The Surface Laptop with 10 S.

The company's planned Windows 10 update for this spring is now codenamed Redstone 4, with a planned autumn update called Redstone 5.

The addition of PWAs in the Microsoft Store will mean that Windows 10 users will have access to a wider array of applications on the store. Although, it's still free for everyone right now.

In the meanwhile, Microsoft is extending support for Windows 10 (versions 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709) for enterprise and education customers.

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