According to Microsoft, there are plans set aside to move the Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a unique “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 in the year 2019. The news of this plan was leaked in February last month; Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed that the plans had been made on Twitter today. According to Joe Belfiore, “Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version.”
According to the reports reaching us from our sources, the new S Mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10 so that it can and will only be able to run apps from the Microsoft Store, and will work in a like manner as the dedicated Windows 10 S operating system had been built to work. Microsoft is planning a new S Mode for the Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro versions of the operating system.
There have been a lot of rumours that have previously created the notion that Microsoft is planning to allow users of Windows 10 Home to disable the S Mode free of charge while Windows 10 Pro customers who have the S Mode enabled on their devices will be forced to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft has not confirmed this aspect of the new “S Mode” changes, and if the switch will not be coming until next year, then those details are most likely yet to be refined.
Microsoft however will be wise to be careful with its approach to a new S Mode for Windows 10 especially with the devices that will be shipped locked down by default. If the choice is left to PC partners then we may have to see a mixed amount of devices shipping with the S Mode enabled in 2019 as well as potential confusion unless the move is explained well to users.