You'll soon be able to upgrade from Windows 10 S for free

Posted March 11, 2018

Windows 10 S mode will arrive with the next update to Windows 10.

Rumors of Windows 10 S's demise - as a distinct operating system - have been confirmed.

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"We expect the majority of customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10 in S mode", Belfior wrote. In the post, Belfiore says Redmond received customer feedback that the "Windows 10 S" name was confusing to customers and partners.

Microsoft's AI emphasis really took off in 2016 when it made it the focus of the fourth engineering division at the company, alongside the Office, Windows and Cloud & Enterprise.

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The issue occurred with users when they installed the Creators Update on their devices which let the PC to freeze and make the UI completely unresponsive. "If a customer does want to switch out of it, they will be able to do so at no charge, regardless of edition", the blog post added. Unless they met a certain conditions, users that were unhappy with its stripped down version of Windows had to pay $49 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. 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. It was a more restricted version of Windows 10 that only allowed apps from the Windows Store to be installed. Windows 10 S also pushed users towards Microsoft's first-party apps and services as there is a lack of 3rd party alternatives available on its store. "I think it's totally fine/good that it's not mentioned". Windows 10 S users in an educational setting can now upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free, but "a fee may apply" to everyone else. It can't be undone, and presumably that could be true for other Windows 10 editions.

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