Microsoft Confirms Reducing Chromebook-Killer Windows 10 S to a "Mode"

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Around the same time, Thurrott reported some interesting usage figures that might give a clue as to why Microsoft intends to shelve the dedicated S version.

Microsoft has just released the Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17110, which developers can now use in conjunction with the Windows 10 Insider build 17110 or greater.

We're also waiting to hear what this means for antivirus and security apps, which will reportedly also run in S Mode, despite being Win32.exe files.

Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore recently confirmed via Twitter that starting next year, Windows 10 S will be a "mode" within existing versions of Windows rather than the standalone OS it is today.

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But analysts say it inevitably sends a message to China as it continues to develop the disputed South China Sea. China is now the de facto superpower in this region, and by far the most important trading partner for Vietnam.

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However, Windows 10 S hasn't appeared in anything more than the Surface Laptop and a handful of education devices. S Mode will enable any Windows 10 PC to be toggled into the Windows 10 S sandbox.

It's still unclear as to why this change is happening, though improving the ease of moving between Windows 10 S and regular Windows 10 isn't a bad idea. This new version of Windows 10 is built upon the UWP which makes it "Microsoft's first truly modern Windows OS for the traditional PC form factor". Microsoft has tried locking down apps before with Windows RT, a mobile and tablet OS that eventually proved to be commercial failure. In a rather freakish development, however, it turns out that the Windows 10 S was actually hiding the full version of Windows 10 - a feature that could be unlocked on the majority of operating systems for a $50 fee. It will be much simpler, and quicker, for a Windows 10 S user to switch to Home or Pro, as they will already have that operating system installed.

Recent estimates have stated that Chrome OS accounts for about 60% of the USA education market in grades K-12.

Microsoft is touting that this platform will provide apps with low-latency processing by using local capabilities to deliver real-time results. Vendors can choose to ship with 10S mode enabled by default and save some money on Microsoft license fees.

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