If you think of Windows PCs, the first thing that comes to mind is viruses and malware. Windows is a powerful and flexible desktop OS, but it also requires a great deal of care and maintenance.
One solution to that problem, proposed by Microsoft, is Windows 10 S. Introduced with the Microsoft Surface Laptop last year, Windows 10 S locks down the OS and limits apps to those installed from the Microsoft Store.
It’s a great idea on paper, but it’s not a viable solution because the Store is a barren wasteland when it comes to useful apps. Microsoft did offer users an option to upgrade from 10 S to 10 Pro, for a fee of $49, and we’re quite sure that those who could, immediately opted for the upgrade.
A report by The Verge confirms that rather than position Windows 10 S as a separate OS, Microsoft will simply offer an “S Mode” for existing versions of Windows. Joe Belfiore, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s OS Group confirmed this in a tweet.
We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the 'low-hassle'/ guaranteed performance version. Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO … I think it's totally fine/good that it's not mentioned.
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) March 7, 2018
It’s a welcome move because it will cut down on the mounting confusion surrounding Windows 10, and is also a great stop-gap till the Store picks up more apps.
The Windows Store is similar in function to the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store. Apps on the Windows Store will be vetted for quality and security, offering, in theory, a more secure environment from which to download apps. If you’re using the Store, you won’t have to rummage through the dark annals of the internet for apps that you need. Better yet, Store apps don’t come with the crummy bundled apps that are as good as malware.