In the next major Windows 10 update, AI will play center stage

Angelica Greene
March 8, 2018

It can't run any regular Windows programs, instead relying exclusively on apps from the Microsoft Store.

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.

Say goodbye to Windows 10 S as a standalone SKU and hello to S Mode in Windows 10.

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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.

Soon, if a school or business wants to lock down its Windows 10 devices, it can simply turn on 10S mode, without Microsoft having to gimp an entire category of devices. In a rather weird development, however, it turns out that the Windows 10 S was actually hiding the full version of Windows 10 - a feature that could be unlocked on the majority of operating systems for a $50 fee. Earlier this year, leaked reports detailed Microsoft's plan to discontinue Windows 10 S and launch Windows 10 "S Mode" in its place. Microsoft is also introducing the ability to restore Sets from a previous session, which will work with Timeline in Windows 10 and let users pick up from where they left off. In case it is only for the PC users, things will remain confusing as a mixed amount of devices might get shipped with the mode enabled. Nevertheless, those who possess Windows 10 Pro in S Mode would have to pay 49 dollars in order to unlock the full version. Chrome OS and Chromebooks proved popular in the education market, both because of the comparatively low price and ease of use.

In the realm of IT planning and management, businesses can use server logs and practically any other types of information gathered by their systems to inform AI-enabled applications that evaluate past patterns and help users make smarter technology decisions. 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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