The majority of Windows 10 S products have been low-priced PCs aimed at education, where the ability to lockdown the platform is a welcome control for administrators.
While Microsoft will be dropping Win 10 S but reportedly, the company is working on a new OS targeted towards performance like Win 10 S. According to report, Microsoft is working on new version of Win 10 codenamed "Polaris" that will essentially replace Windows 10 S.
First announced less than a year ago, Windows 10 S promises better startup speeds, security features and battery life than other versions, but the trade-off is that Windows 10 S only runs apps from the Microsoft Store. Users will still be able to enjoy the functionalities of the operating system in the same way its dedicated version was built for. Understandably, it's been a bit hard to determine how to classify what's essentially functioned as a forked version of the company's broader OS.
The new mode was confirmed via Twitter by Windows 10 vice president Joe Belfiore on March 6th.
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To make matters worse, Microsoft went and put Windows 10S on expensive systems such as the Surface Laptop by default, which forced people to waste time upgrading to real Windows 10 to unlock the potential of their $1500 (or more) machine. It's possible we'll see more Windows 10 S hardware continue to trickle out in 2018, before Microsoft starts advertising an nearly identically named - but substantially different - product.
When Microsoft introduced Windows 10S past year, I was deeply concerned.
The choice to move to a Windows 10 S mode in their competing devices was expected by many, but it's also muddying the waters and making it more hard to tell which Windows PCs are meant to capture the attention of an education market that is now enamored with Chromebooks. It can't run any regular Windows programs, instead relying exclusively on apps from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft even past year offered a chance to all Windows 10 S users to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.
Thankfully, it seems Microsoft has come to its senses.