Microsoft confirms 'S Mode' is replacing plans Windows 10 S

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Microsoft is ending Windows 10 S as its own distinct operating system.

Windows 10 S was launched in 2017 as a scaled-back version of the operating system aimed at schools and businesses looking for a sandboxed environment.

What do you think of Microsoft's decision to drop Windows 10 S entirely in favor of "S Mode"? As it stands, it costs $50 to upgrade a machine running Windows 10 S to the regular version of Windows 10, at which point the system would be able to run non-curated UWP apps and x86 programs alike.

Less than one year ago, Microsoft unveiled a new version of its Windows platform called Windows 10 S. It was a curious endeavor right from the get-go.

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Windows ML will eventually be enabled across all Windows 10 versions, and it will work with Universal Windows Platform and Win32 apps, Microsoft says.

Windows 10S is, in the simplest terms, Microsoft's Chrome OS competitor. Just 10 months after announcing the new operating system, Microsoft on Tuesday evening confirmed that it is being scrapped next year. Companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba all offered their own version of laptops that would run Windows 10 S mode, with numerous computers starting at just $189. Microsoft even previous year offered a chance to all Windows 10 S users to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free.

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. "Windows can perform AI evaluation tasks using the local processing capabilities of the PC, enabling real-time analysis of large local data such as images and video", the company explained. Chrome OS has also been expanded to higher-end devices, giving these same audiences the option to opt for more power with devices such as the Google Pixelbook. The confirmation came from Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore on Twitter.

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