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Microsoft confirms Windows 10 is getting a new ‘S Mode’ in 2019


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 07:35 AM

Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 next year. While news leaked of the plans last month, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed them on Twitter today. “Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version,” says Belfiore.
 
The new S Mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10 so it can only run apps from the Microsoft Store, and will work the same way as the dedicated Windows 10 S operating system was built to do. Microsoft is planning a new “S Mode” for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro versions of the operating system.
 
Rumors previously suggested that Microsoft is planning to allow Windows 10 Home users to disable the S Mode free of charge, but Windows 10 Pro customers with S Mode enabled on their device will be forced to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft hasn’t confirmed this aspect of the new “S Mode” changes, and if the switch isn’t coming until 2019 then those details probably haven’t been fined tuned just yet.

 

 

https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/7/17089850/microsoft-windows-10-s-mode-changes-2019



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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:13 AM

As far as I'm concerned, from a practical standpoint, whether it's Windows 10 S native or Windows 10 [Edition Here] S Mode it's a distinction without difference.

 

I am still trying to figure out where MS believes the market that's clamoring for Windows 10 S (or S-Mode).   I have yet to hear of anyone, individual or institutional, talking about it.

 

I doubt that anyone would buy an S-Mode enabled device unless they want one in the first place.  I haven't seen a single one on the shelves in my area.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:21 AM

From what I understand Microsoft wants to compete with Chromebooks in the educational market. 



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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:55 AM

From what I understand Microsoft wants to compete with Chromebooks in the educational market. 

 

I understand what their intent is.   But it was unlikely to be met when Windows 10 S was Windows 10 S.   Unless there's some huge discount for S-mode machines, which seems awfully unlikely to me, there will be limited demand.   Also, having been in education for several years at the dawn of the 2000s, Windows machines and Macs were popular (and remain so) because one can easily add/subtract software from them over time.

 

I can't see the advantage that Windows S confers beyond what setting up student users with standard accounts does.  Windows 10 S and S-Mode is another solution in search of a problem that doesn't exist.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:41 AM

According to the BC article some laptops will sell for $189. I don't know if Chromebooks have reached critical mass where any attempt to take market share will fail.



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Posted 10 March 2018 - 10:35 AM

Post #2, I think we can see from their recent (several years now, perhaps since about when windows 8 first came out) behaviour that ms doesn't care what the market wants. No-one is clamoring for a version of windows 10 which gives them less freedom and control. But ms is still obsessed by the absurd and dangerous dream which was Windows RT, they don't want to make a product people will like, they just want to use their unacceptably high dominance in the desktop/laptop OS market to force their vision (which will surely involve unwelcome extra payments from users to m$ at some point in the course of things) onto the world.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:51 PM

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.



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Posted 21 March 2018 - 08:26 AM

What business would want to run only Windows Store Apps? I can't imagine any giving up their Win32 programs that did not have a UWP equivalent. 



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 04:36 PM

Post #8, one where managerial types accompanied by layers of bureaucracy and uninformed "policy" run everything without advice from anyone with mild technical ability let alone anyone with full technical expertise. Far too many businesses, and non-business organisations (government departments, non-profits...), like that exist.
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Posted 24 March 2018 - 05:38 PM

Post #9:  Sad, but absolutely, positively true.  And the bigger the bureaucracy (whether private sector or public sector) the worse the situation tends to be.


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