Microsoft announce its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 in 2019. 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 current versions, not a distinct version,” Belfiore states.
The new S Mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10 so that 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.
Rumors previously recommended that Microsoft is planning to let Windows 10 Home users to disable the S Mode for free, but Windows 10 Pro users with S Mode enabled on their device compulsory to pay $49 for a full version of Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft has not 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.
Microsoft need to be cautious with its tactic to a new S Mode for Windows 10, particularly with what devices will ship locked down by default. If the choice is left to PC partners, then we could be looking at a mixed amount of devices shipping with S Mode allowed in 2019 and possible confusion except the move is described well to users.