Microsoft last year unveiled Windows 10 S with the Surface Laptop, the new operating system is focused on security and performance as it removes the support for Win32 applications. Microsoft is now replacing Windows 10 S with ‘S Mode’ – when the users will enable the S Mode, the Win32 apps support will be removed, thus, an enhanced experience focused on security will be offered.
Microsoft wants Windows 10 ‘S Mode’ to become available to as many people as possible. A new report claims that the S Mode will be shipped with some PCs and the software giant is planning to allow Windows 10 Home users remove the S mode for free, while the Windows 10 Pro users may need to spend $49 to get rid of the S Mode.
The new so-called S Mode for Windows 10 will convert the operating system to a new version that won’t support the Win32 apps. The Windows 10 S Mode users can upgrade to the full version of the operating system without the clean install or reinstall.
Microsoft in a Bug Bash announcement accidentally leaked that Windows 10 S Mode is a real thing and it could be released with the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (Redstone 4). The S Mode is basically designed to block the installation of Win32 software, this means the PCs with S Mode enabled will be locked to the Microsoft Store, just like Windows RT but fewer limitations.
“In RS4, Windows customers will be protected and secured in the same way by S as a mode of Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Home. ‘S Mode’ protects Windows with Code Integrity and SmartScreen, and highlights the best of Windows with Office and trusted apps from the Windows Store, Edge, and Bing,” the company said in a bug bash announcement post.
Microsoft will unveil the Redstone 4 update as Windows 10 Spring Creators Update in April and the update will introduce a set of new features. You can join Windows Insider program if you would like to test the Redstone 4 update before anyone else.