Windows 10S will become 'S Mode' next year

08 March, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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However, while Chrome OS gets access to Google's Chrome Web Store and Play Store, Microsoft's Windows 10 S was limited to Microsoft Store.

"With the next major update to Windows 10, we begin to deliver the advances that have been built into our apps and services as part of the Windows 10 platform", the company said today.

Since releasing Windows 10 in July 2015, Microsoft has been criticized for the amount of data the operating system collects about users and sends back to the company for analysis. Now, it turns out that their skepticism was warranted because Microsoft has already confirmed that it's scrapping Windows 10 S and replacing it with a new Windows 10 S "Mode".

This move means it will be easier for Microsoft to continue to offer Windows 10 S to users, while simplifying the upgrade path.

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Belfiore didn't specify precisely how S Mode will function within the broader operating system when it arrives at some point next year, so we mostly have some leaked info from last month to go on here.

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.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore posted on Twitter while replying to a fan and confirmed that Windows 10 S mode will be releasing for Win 10 Pro, Home, and Enterprise in 2019. The majority of Windows 10 S products have been low-priced PCs aimed at education, where the ability to lockdown the platform is a welcome control for administrators. Users can now upgrade such devices to the full version of Windows 10 for a $50 fee. The third benefit that Microsoft pointed out is rather obvious, and that's flexibility, since developers can now choose whether to process this data on the device, or in the cloud. That free upgrade was recently extended until March 2018. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect this May, Microsoft seems to have prepared an overhaul of its privacy settings screen.

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