Microsoft announced that it is planning to transition the education-focused Windows 10 S from a standalone OS into a “mode” implemented in existing versions of Windows 10.
The news didn’t come as a surprise as everyone already knows that Windows 10 S is a locked down version of Windows 10 that is only able to run UWP apps from the Microsoft Store. Obviously, this makes it more secure, but, on the other hand, it also involves a few limitations.
Microsoft planning to enhance Windows 10 S’s popularity by making it a part of Windows 10
Windows 10 S is mostly installed on the Surface Laptops and a few more devices targeting education. The operating system was not able to become as successful as Microsoft would have wanted and this is why we believe that the company hopes to achieve this by making it a part of Windows 10 rather than leaving it as a standalone operating system.
For more features, users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 S users who desire more features and also the possibility of running desktop programs have the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft did not officially comment yet regarding the company’s plans to make Windows 10 S as a part of Windows 10.
On the other hand, Joe Belfiore was asked by a PC World reporter about the fate of Windows 10 S, and his answer practically confirmed the company’s plans.
He stated that Windows 10 S is used as an option for schools or businesses that require a “low-hassle/guaranteed performance” version of the OS, but in 2019 the operating system is set to become a “mode” of existing Oss, instead of remaining a distinct version.
An easier upgrade process
This plan will make it much easier for Microsoft to continue to provide Windows 10 S to users at the same time simplifying the upgrade process. A Windows 10 S user will be able to switch to Home or Pro versions quicker and effortlessly because they’ll already have the OS installed on their machines.
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