What will be in place of Windows 10 S?

Windows 10 S is an unusual version of the most popular computer operating system. It was introduced in May of last year, and it seems that in the future it will be replaced by another software solution that will be available in the versions of the Home, Enterprise and Pro operating systems of Windows 10. It should be noted that, despite a significant limitation in software installation, Windows 10 S proved itself as a fairly successful OS. It is also reported that on devices under the control of which OS the new Office 2019 will work.

Microsoft, probably, ceases to develop its operating system Windows 10 S. This OS was created earlier as an alternative to Chrome OS for education. Limiting the installation of applications in this version of the operating system assumed that the software will be installed only from the Microsoft Store application store. As noted by Tom Warren on the pages of the resource The Verge referring to the messages Neowin and thurrott.com Microsoft plans to implement the "S Mode" mode in Windows 10 Home, Enterprise and Pro.

The "S Mode" mode will block the installation of applications from sources other than the Microsoft Store. Thus, it will work similarly to Windows 10 S. The operating system has proved quite popular among users. As noted further, 60% of users did not change this OS to the full version of Windows 10. 60% of users who preferred to switch to Windows 10 did so within the first 24 hours. 83% of users who did not change the OS during the first seven days remained with version S. However, this is the statistics for third-party devices running Windows 10 S. The only high-end device running this operating system is announced simultaneously with the operating system system and reviewed earlier Surface Laptop, which is not included in the statistics.

Somewhat surprisingly, many users like the operating system that restricts the installation of applications only to the Microsoft Store. And this means that even more users are likely to turn on the "S Mode" mode on their devices.

As reported in addition, Microsoft is expected to give users of Windows 10 Home the opportunity to free-of-charge "S Mode", while for Windows 10 Pro users with "S Mode" the disabling of this mode will be paid – the cost of transition to the full version of Windows 10 Pro will be $ 49 for them.

A report on a new mode of using Windows 10 operating systems appeared during testing by the insiders of the next update of Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4. Testing assumes the fulfillment of certain tasks by insiders. One of these test tasks was the translation of a PC running Windows 10 into the "S Mode" mode. This function is provided in the versions of Windows 10 Home, Pro and Enterprise.

It should be noted that Microsoft has never announced Windows 10 Home with "S Mode". The Enterprise version with "S Mode" was announced in September of last year. The operating system Windows 10 S was originally a version of Pro with "S Mode". In standard Windows 10 S (that is, Pro version in the "S Mode" mode) all the functions peculiar to Windows 10 Pro (for example, Hyper-V) were present. However, for most users, Windows 10 Home with "S Mode" turned on will look the same as the version of Pro. The difference will be the lack of a number of functions (such as, for example, BitLocker and Remote Desktop), which most users do not apply.

Windows 10 S was introduced by Microsoft in the spring of 2017 and has already been reviewed. It was created primarily for inexpensive devices destined for students. Peripheral devices and other devices were supported by this version of the OS in the same way as the usual Windows 10.

On the Windows 10 operating system, another important message appeared on the web. As noted on the pages of the resource PCWorld the new Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10.

Microsoft recently reported some details concerning Office 2019. The company did not consider certain features of the forthcoming application suite, but noted that trial versions of new applications will be available in the second quarter. Earlier, Microsoft confirmed that the final version of Office 2019 will begin shipping in the second half of 2018.

Office 2019 will require Windows 10 – more accurately, any of the supported versions of the operating system, updated with a new half-yearly update of functionality. Usually it's about versions of Windows 10 Home and Pro. Microsoft also notes that it will not ship Office with the old MSI installer. The Click-to-Run installer used in Office 365 will be used.

Microsoft explained the reasons for this approach:

"Software, which has not received the benefits of this innovation for more than a decade, is difficult [обеспечить] reliability, and [ему] is characterized by lower productivity."

Microsoft will provide Office with five years of mainstream support and additional two-year extended support, which will end on October 14, 2025.

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