Microsoft ditches Windows 10 S in favor of a new 'S Mode'

  • Microsoft ditches Windows 10 S in favor of a new 'S Mode'

Microsoft ditches Windows 10 S in favor of a new 'S Mode'

Today is the first day of the first Bug Bash for the next feature update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4.

As noted by, some PCs will also ship with Windows 10 in "S Mode", but Microsoft is planning for Windows 10 Home users to let them remove the S mode for free.

[Click on image for larger view.] Extended end-of-support dates for Windows 10 versions.

Though the site cites Microsoft data that claims the majority of Windows 10 S users stick with Windows 10 S, the limitations caused us to recommend switching to Windows 10 S Pro in our review of the Surface Laptop.

The lead that Windows 10 now has over Windows 7 is still pretty small, though it is unlikely that Windows 7 will again take the lead over Windows 10 next month.

Microsoft continues to update Windows at the kernel level and at the level of the shell.

The firm will be offering users of SKUs an S mode.

Granted, Microsoft has yet to reveal information on the changes and things may make more sense once the company reveals the information to the public.

Windows has finally overtaken Windows 7 in terms of worldwide market share, according to StatCounter.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update will land in April and it will introduce a number of features, the new update features are aimed at productivity. If you keep up with Microsoft's updates, however, you should be fine. Either way, Microsoft gains from those hoping to have the latest Office. It's not clear what those standard silicon policies are.

For Microsoft, it's a support nightmare.

Microsoft conceives of LTSC as an option for organizations that can't tolerate frequent updates. However mainstream support will remain the same at five years. Microsoft seems to have skipped an LTSC release in 2017, so these LTSC releases don't seem to follow a fixed pattern. According to rumors, the product will be ready in 2019. That schedule seems a bit faster than what had been announced back in November.

Windows 10 Pro S is not available in all commercial editions. Instead, it'll have an extended support phase that's reduced by three years.

Previews of the new applications should be out in the second quarter of the year, with actual shipping in the second half of 2018.

Additionally, Office 2019 is getting a shorter period of extended support. This means extended support will end on October 14, 2025. The selection of office programs is called Office 2019 and includes new versions of its iconic software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, Exchange, as well as Skype for Business. Organizations that want support for the new version of Office on Windows 7 or 8.1 must buy a subscription to Office 365.