Microsoft's Joe Belfiore Confirms Windows 10 S Mode Arriving In 2019

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It does appear that some features of Sets, as Microsoft calls its tabs, will appear in the next Windows 10 update later this year. Earlier this year, leaked reports detailed Microsoft's plan to discontinue Windows 10 S and launch Windows 10 "S Mode" in its place. This isn't confirmed by Microsoft yet, and users will expect clearer details of these aspects of the S Mode shifting. Just as things now work with the standalone version, S Mode in Windows 10 will limited devices to running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that Microsoft has curated through its Windows Store.

Windows 10 S is mostly found on the Surface Laptop and a number of other education-focused devices, but it hasn't enjoyed the success that Microsoft hoped for, so making it part of Windows 10, rather than a standalone OS, makes a lot of sense.

There's some confusion over how users who receive "S Mode" will be able to unlock it and how much it will cost - with rumours ranging from Free to $49, but no firm acknowledgement of this has been made by Microsoft. Microsoft has tried locking down apps before with Windows RT, a mobile and tablet OS that eventually proved to be commercial failure.

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Microsoft is testing this feature with its Windows Insiders today, and the company still hasn't committed to when we'll see tabs broadly across Windows 10.

From this one can collect light that Windows 10 S that launched last May would not continue in its now existing form of a discrete version of the operating system. Chrome OS and Chromebooks proved popular in the education market, both because of the comparatively low price and ease of use.

"We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the "low-hassle"/ guaranteed performance version", Belfiore said on Twitter. Vendors can choose to ship with 10S mode enabled by default and save some money on Microsoft license fees.