Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Microsoft is ditching Windows 10 S for 'S Mode'

Microsoft is ditching Windows 10 S for 'S Mode'

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It appears as if the success of Windows 10 S has not been where Microsoft was hoping, as they're now encouraging users to start upgrading to the regular version of Windows and take advantage of a new Windows 10 S Mode. He sees the new mode as a way of removing the hassle and guaranteeing the performance of Windows 10 for education or business use. In case it is only for the PC users, things will remain confusing as a mixed amount of devices might get shipped with the mode enabled. Preferably, by next year, it would be a mode that other surviving versions of Windows 10 could work in. According to those reports, users with Windows 10 S machines would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Home for free, while upgrades to Windows 10 Pro would still cost $50. As marketing strategies go, this one seems like it could confuse consumers unless Microsoft clearly details how the changes will impact each version. Futuresource reported that Google's Chromebooks continue to dominate the US school market, with a 59.6 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2017, but added that Microsoft has seen growing adoption through its expanding lineup of lower-cost, education-focused Windows devices. The biggest addition is tabs are now available in File Explorer, a highly-requested feature (more than 20,000 votes) and something Microsoft has resisted in Windows previously. The confirmation came from Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore on Twitter.

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