Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 S Becomes '10S Mode' in 2019

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Rumors of Windows 10 S's demise - as a distinct operating system - have been confirmed.

The tweet was response to a question about branding confusion, with regard to the education-focused version of the operating system's market share.

A new version of Windows 10 is expected to arrive later this spring, and that's when Microsoft said everyone will be able to see the new privacy screen at installation. If these PCs are just running regular Windows with a modified Windows 10 S Mode, are they really similar to the low-priced devices that Google has been able to offer?

Microsoft managed to reel in a number of manufacturer partners ahead of its Windows 10 S announcement.

If we're to take the Neowin story as 100% accurate, "S Mode" will be available for any owner of Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions.

The Windows 10 S version was announced in 2017 as a lightweight version of its OS that could simplify low-end devices for the education market.

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We're also waiting to hear what this means for antivirus and security apps, which will reportedly also run in S Mode, despite being Win32.exe files.

When Microsoft introduced Windows 10S past year, I was deeply concerned.

Last month it was rumored that Windows 10 S was set to be replaced by a mode that can be set in other versions of Windows 10.

This new AI platform will be available across the whole Windows device family including PCs, servers, IoT devices and HoloLens. That would have involved doing away with Windows 10 S as a separate iteration of Windows and Microsoft has now confirmed that it's going to do just that.

There's some confusion over how users who receive "S Mode" will be able to unlock it and how much it will cost - with rumours ranging from Free to $49, but no firm acknowledgement of this has been made by Microsoft. As marketing strategies go, this one seems like it could confuse consumers unless Microsoft clearly details how the changes will impact each version.

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