Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

With all that being said, the reports also noted that, even though the company would allow users to deactivate S Mode for free, Microsoft would however levy $49 from the users of Windows 10 Pro if they wished to deactivate this mode and access the complete version. Either that or Micrososft has kept 10 S mode out of the many previews ahead of the semi-annual Windows update due in March 2018. Microsoft expects that Windows 10 S-mode enabled devices will start shipping in the coming months from its partners.

This would imply doing away with Windows 10 S as a separate operating system, and Microsoft has confirmed that this is how they will be proceeding. Recall, it will replace the Windows 10 S and will offer the same functionality but without the need to reinstall the system. "Next year 10 S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version", says Belfiore.

With the public availability of Windows 10 in S Mode, it would be easy for customers to take advantage of the security involved in the current technology arena. "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update" has been spotted in the latest test builds of the Redstone 5 update expected to be released later this fall.

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It remains unclear how turning Windows 10 S into a "mode" will alleviate customers' confusion.

The good news is that S mode won't be forever: Belfiore wrote that "If a customer does want to switch out of S mode, they will be able to do so at no charge, regardless of edition". Microsoft also announced a new API called Windows ML that comes with pre-trained machine learning models. Futuresource reported that Google's Chromebooks continue to dominate the US school market, with a 59.6 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2017, but added that Microsoft has seen growing adoption through its expanding lineup of lower-cost, education-focused Windows devices.

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