Windows 10S is, in the simplest terms, Microsoft’s Chrome OS competitor. A spiritual successor to RT, the operating system is a slimmed down version of Windows 10 with added security (by way of locked down app installs) and lower hardware requirements designed to be run on sub-$300 systems that can be purchased in bulk by schools.
The messaging on the software was always a bit messy, though, and the company didn’t really do itself any favors by launching it on the high-end Surface Laptop. This morning, however, VP Joe Belfiore confirmed via Twitter the company’s plans to streamline the offering, essentially reinventing 10S as a “S Mode,” a option baked into the larger Windows 10 operating system.
The tweet was response to a question about branding confusion, with regard to the education-focused version of the operating system’s market share. Understandably, it’s been a bit difficult to determine how to classify what’s essentially functioned as a forked version of the company’s broader OS.
Belfiore didn’t specify precisely how S Mode will function within the broader operating system when it arrives at some point next year, so we mostly have someleaked info from last month to go on here. The upgrade structure is still kind of confusing according to the earlier info, with the price to upgrade a system either being $0 or $49, depending on which version of the operating system is installed on the hardware.