Microsoft Ditches Windows 10 S Operating System Just Months After Launch

Just less than a year after Microsoft launched the Windows 10 S Operating System, the company is set to drop the OS. The company launched the Windows 10 S in May last year as a cheaper, restricted operating system, only able to run programs from the Microsoft Store and designed to be safer and perform better over its lifetime than other versions of Windows.

Microsoft have stated that they will be ditching the S OS for a new “S Mode” for Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro according to Neowin. According to reports, 60 per cent of users remained on the Windows 10 S operating system, with the rest choosing to abandon the system by upgrading.

The company is reportedly planning to let Windows 10 Home S users upgrade to the Home Mode free of charge, however, Windows 10 Pro customers with S Mode enabled will have to pay $49 to get access to a full version of Windows 10 Pro. The Pro S mode is only available with Core, Value, Entry, and Small Tablet with Core+. Microsoft says that there will be AV/Security apps in S mode. 

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