Joe Belfiore says Windows 10S to become ‘S Mode’ next year

Windows 10S operating system is a slimmed down version of Windows 10 with added security (by way of locked down app installs) and lower hardware requirements designed to be run on sub-$300 systems that can be purchased in bulk by schools.

However, messaging on the software always seemed a bit messy and the company didn’t really do itself any favors by launching it on the high-end Surface Laptop.

Recently, VP Joe Belfiore confirmed via Twitter in response to a question about branding confusion, with regard to the education-focused version of the operating system’s market share that the company plans to streamline the offering, essentially reinventing 10S as an “S Mode,” an option baked into the larger Windows 10 operating system.

We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the ‘low-hassle’/ guaranteed performance version. Next year 10S will be a “mode” of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO … I think it’s totally fine/good that it’s not mentioned.
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) March 7, 2018

Belfiore didn’t give out much detail as to how S Mode will function within the broader operating system when it arrives at some point next year, so we mostly have some leaked info from last month to go on here.

Also, the upgrade structure is still kind of confusing according to the earlier information provided, with the price to upgrade a system either being $0 or $49, depending on which version of the operating system is installed on the hardware.

Hopefully more details will be updated soon by the company that can give users a clear idea how is it going to actually benefit them

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