Microsoft is reportedly ditching Windows 10 S already

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The letter S will be sticking around, but it'll refer to a Windows 10 mode rather than a whole different version of the operating system.

Instead, the software giant will install an "S Mode" on standard versions of Windows 10, locking them down to a Microsoft-curated walled garden of apps, in which users can only install new apps from the Microsoft Store. The OS was created to be performance-centric, secure, and the only able to run apps through Windows Store. READ NEXT:Apple and Cisco partner to make cyber insurance less costly Most people still reply on desktop programs that aren't available in Microsoft's walled garden. Users would be forced to have Edge and Bing as defaults for their browser and search.

Wondering what will happen to the laptops already shipped with Windows 10 S OS? "Office 2019 apps will be supported on any supported Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) release", the company wrote in a blog post late on Thursday. With the death of standalone Windows 10 S, the road is paved for an S "mode" that is toggleable at will. Microsoft should have taken this approach from the beginning as some Creators Update betas demonstrated.

Microsoft is purportedly planning an all-new mode for its Windows 10 desktop operating system.

In truth, under the skin Windows 10 S was always a locked down version of Windows 10 Pro, but the new development came to light during a Bugbash held over the weekend in which testing of the lockdown process was held for Home, according to Neowin. Furthermore, even with all the restrictions, the operating system is still vulnerable to attacks and exploits.

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Interestingly, according to the Thurrott report, 60 percent of users remain on Windows 10 S, and 60 percent of users who do switch, do it within 24 hours of receiving the device.

Do you think introducing the S mode to Win 10 will be a good idea for power users? That being said, those with Windows 10 Pro installed will need to pay $49 to get it disabled which, admittedly, isn't a huge fee to pay to unlock the full potential of Windows.

Microsoft in November a year ago had announced that Windows 10 was running on more than 600 million active devices.

The company also announced servicing extensions for Windows 10 and changes to the Office 365 ProPlus system requirements. However, 60% of those who switch do so immediately, signalling a lukewarm reaction to the restricted OS.

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