Windows 10 S will be repackaged as an ‘S Mode’ built into Windows 10

Microsoft has detailed how it’s planning to repackage Windows 10 S, following its decision to kill off the streamlined build back in February.

Windows 10 S was built to rival Chrome OS, offering businesses and educational facilities a refined operating system that’s a little safer and more controlled than the traditional consumer build of Windows 10 – but it failed to catch on.

Now Microsoft has revealed that it axed Windows 10 S in favour of an ‘S Mode’ that will live inside Windows 10, letting customers access a host of basic functions, before forcing them to upgrade to take advantage of more advanced tools.

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That isn’t too dissimilar to how Windows 7 Starter worked: Users could access a compact version of Windows 7, but had to sell out for Windows 7 Home Premium to a more technical set of functions, like the option to alter default applications.

It’s unclear whether Windows 10 S Mode will suffer from the same pitfalls as Windows 10 S, which, as we outlined in our comparison, is a little too restricted – it’s impossible to alter the default web browser and search engine, for example.

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