With a number of schools and universities offering their students Chromebooks as a way to do homework and stay connected to their education, Google has seen great success with their stripped-down operating system in terms of connection within the classroom - a market that Microsoft desperately wants to be a part of. To counter that, we got Windows 10 S: a feature-limited version of Windows 10 aimed at the education market and restricted to software installations from the Windows Store.
According to the site, 60 percent of buyers stuck with Windows 10 S upon purchase.
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.
Yes, Microsoft will take this separate version of Windows, which shipped on the Surface Laptop and other machines, and turn it into a mode next year. In its place, Microsoft will build a new "S Mode" into Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Pro.
In a blog post yesterday Microsoft showed off a new privacy screen settings layout available now to Windows Insiders. It does appear that some features of Sets, as Microsoft calls its tabs, will appear in the next Windows 10 update later this year.
The "low hassle" pitch is clearly being maintained, and the basic philosophies of the Windows 10 S version would not change when it makes the transformation to Windows 10 S Mode. And I'm sure marketing departments will pick up on Belfiore's comments about "guaranteed performance version" and push 10S as a positive. Stay tuned with us to know more on this.
This move means it will be easier for Microsoft to continue to offer Windows 10 S to users, while simplifying the upgrade path.
While Windows 10 S users can upgrade to any other version of Windows 10 but that would require them to pay some cash and only Win 10 Home upgrade is free.
Some recent estimates suggest Chrome OS now owns about 60% of the U.S. education market in grades K-12. The third benefit that Microsoft pointed out is rather obvious, and that's flexibility, since developers can now choose whether to process this data on the device, or in the cloud.
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