Microsoft to Discontinue Windows 10 S in Favor of Simplified ‘S Mode’

Microsoft’s Windows 10 S operating system, a lighter and more secure version of Windows 10 that can only run apps from the Microsoft Store, has begun making its way onto various low-end PCs, but that could change in the near future. According to Neowin, Microsoft is currently planning a new mode for Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise called “S Mode” that essentially turns the OS into its lightweight counterpart at the flick of a switch.

By turning on S Mode, you’ll only be able to install Microsoft Store apps and your device, in theory, should run a bit smoother since it won’t be as tasking on your CPU. Right now, it looks like PC manufacturers will be enabling the feature by default on lower-end hardware, although those with Windows 10 Home will be able to disable the mode free of charge. 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.

With the new utility being built directly into Windows 10, it likely means we’ll be seeing the discontinuation of Windows 10 S as a whole in the near future. While its future still remains uncertain at the time, this is probably the most natural progression for the dedicated OS since it’ll just be turned into somewhat of a feature anyway.

For now, it’s unclear when Microsoft plans to ship S Mode in Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise. We’ll likely hear more later this year during the company’s various conferences, or we could hear something from a simple blog post in a few weeks. We’ll let you know when we have more information to share.