Since last year, we heard about the stripped off version of Windows 10. Microsoft took the initial step with the release of Windows 10 S which was intended for education customers and to enter the competition against Google’s Chrome OS.
The lightweight Windows 10 S limits the functionality of the operating system by allowing support for Microsoft Store-based UWP apps only. Also, it improves battery life, reduces boot time, keeps a consistent performance over time, etc.
According to a leak in early February, it was known that Microsoft would say goodbye to Windows 10 S in favor of the ‘S Mode’ for its existing Windows 10 versions. Now, the company has confirmed the change in a blog post.
“Based on that feedback, we are simplifying the experience for our customers. Starting with the next update to Windows 10, coming soon, customers can choose to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled, and commercial customers will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled,” wrote Joe Belfiore who is Microsoft’s corporate vice president.
The S Mode will arrive in the next Windows 10 update. Also, in the coming months, vendors will start shipping Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices with S Mode enabled.
Unlike the case of Windows 10 S where the users need to pay an upgrade fee to switch to Windows 10 Pro, moving in and out of the S Mode won’t cost anything to users. It doesn’t matter what edition they are running.