Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
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Microsoft's Joe Belfiore Confirms Windows 10 S Mode Arriving In 2019

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore Confirms Windows 10 S Mode Arriving In 2019

The next marquee Windows 10 update won't be just about creators - it will also blow artificial intelligence (AI) wide open on the operating system (OS).

Belfiore, in a tweet on Wednesday, said, "Next year, 10 S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version".

The Chrome operating system, while lacking some of the features that a fully-fledged operating system like Windows has for programs and games, has gained significant traction as the go-to system for educators.

At the low-end of the computing market, Microsoft is competing with Chromebooks and tablets, especially in schools. While the stated intentions of the operating system - improved performance, security and reliability - appear to benefit users, the reality of having no desktop apps still isn't suitable for most customers.

The disappointment of Windows RT might explain why Microsoft has been so quick to change its approach with Windows 10 S, which has so far been available on only a handful of Surface tablets and other devices. WinML APIs will be made available on all editions on Windows 10. Around the same time, Thurrott reported some interesting usage figures that might give a clue as to why Microsoft intends to shelve the dedicated S version.

There are a lot of fixes to Windows 10 included in 17618 in everything from touchpad gestures, to the overall look and feel. They need to clarify every single angle to the customers regarding the move, like specifically which devices will have the default enabling of S Mode, and so on. It is possible to unlock a full version of Windows 10 if you are willing to pay for it.

Microsoft is touting that this platform will provide apps with low-latency processing by using local capabilities to deliver real-time results. This is exactly how the lightweight Chrome OS works, which also limits users to installing apps from Google's Chrome Web Store and Play Store only.

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