Microsoft Clarifies the “S Mode” Confusion (Or Tries To) – S Mode Upgrades Will Be Free After Redstone 4


Last month it was rumored that the Windows maker was considering to let go of its Chromebook-killer Windows 10 S in favor of a "mode." The company's Corporate Vice President, Windows, Joe Belfiore, accidentally confirmed this move yesterday during a Twitter discussion.

Belfiore has now offered some clarification suggesting that the company's latest operating system edition is very popular and "customers love the security, faster boot time, better battery life and consistent performance over time." However, based on the feedback it received from customers and partners, the company believes that the "naming was a bit confusing," which appears to be the primary reason behind downgrading Windows 10 S to a mode.

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"Last year we introduced Windows 10 S - an effort to provide a Windows experience that delivers predictable performance and quality through Microsoft-verified apps via the Microsoft Store," Belfiore wrote. "This configuration was offered initially as part of the Surface Laptop and has been adopted by our customers and partners for its performance and reliability."

He added that Microsoft is simplifying this experience as starting from the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 4, customers will be able to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled. "Commercial customers will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled," he added.

This essentially means that Windows 10 S devices will continue to be offered by Microsoft and its partners, however, they won't actually be Windows 10 S devices, but Windows 10 Home or Pro machines with the S mode enabled by default. "We expect to see new Windows 10 devices ship with S mode, available from our partners in the coming months," Belfiore wrote.

So far, the company doesn't seem to get the "confusing" part since this new strategy only adds to the confusion. However, it at least said that users can upgrade their Windows 10 in S mode devices to Home or Pro at no charge.