Microsoft Confirms Reducing Chromebook-Killer Windows 10 S to a "Mode"

08 March, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Rolando Keller
  • Microsoft Previews New Privacy Screen For Windows Insiders

That is no different today as the company is announcing a new AI platform for Windows 10 that the company says will make it significantly easier for developers to take advantage of this technology inside their own apps. Last month's reports suggested that Windows 10 Home users will be allowed to disable S Mode free of charge, but Windows 10 Pro users may be required to pay a $49 fee to unlock the full version of the OS.

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. Microsoft launched Windows 10 S past year as a standalone version of Windows, partly to provide a secure, manageable version of Windows to those schools. The Redmond giant launched Windows 10 S in May previous year as a lightweight version of Windows 10 - targeting schools and other institutions - to take on Google's Chrome OS.

In a blog post yesterday Microsoft showed off a new privacy screen settings layout available now to Windows Insiders.

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That's as official a confirmation as you can get about Windows 10 S being discontinued as a standalone version of Windows. While the stated intentions of the operating system - improved performance, security and reliability - appear to benefit users, the reality of having no desktop apps still isn't suitable for most customers.

There are a lot of fixes to Windows 10 included in 17618 in everything from touchpad gestures, to the overall look and feel. Also, the apps will run in a limited nature, just as they perform operations on Windows 10 S operating system. Chrome OS and Chromebooks proved popular in the education market, both because of the comparatively low price and ease of use. "Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO ..."

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