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Microsoft is ending Windows 10 S as its own distinct operating system.

Microsoft announced Windows 10 S past year, the new version of Windows 10 was meant to compete with Chrome OS. By switching to the new "S Mode", your Windows 10 system will no longer be able to install apps from any third-party sources and will instead only accept apps from Microsoft Store.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore posted on Twitter while replying to a fan and confirmed that Windows 10 S mode will be releasing for Win 10 Pro, Home, and Enterprise in 2019. Its new incarnation will be called "S Mode", and will roll out next year. In addition, Windows 10 Pro users having the mode enabled will need to pay $49 for acquiring access to the full version of the 10 Pro.


Windows ML will eventually be enabled across all Windows 10 versions, and it will work with Universal Windows Platform and Win32 apps, Microsoft says. What this means is that Microsoft is making it simpler to hook into AI/ML services while building your app as a default operation. With Windows 10 S, Microsoft started pushing education PCs starting at $189.

The next major iteration of Windows 10 is due soon, either this month or early next, and based on all that we know so far, it's going to be worth the upgrade. Futuresource reported that Google's Chromebooks continue to dominate the US school market, with a 59.6 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2017, but added that Microsoft has seen growing adoption through its expanding lineup of lower-cost, education-focused Windows devices.

However, at least in the EU, Microsoft would have to obtain consent if the data was used in any other way than mentioned or if it wasn't clear to the user that the data would be used for more than just finding the device. Chrome OS has also been expanded to higher-end devices, giving these same audiences the option to opt for more power with devices such as the Google Pixelbook.


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