Menu
Microsoft expects the 'majority of customers' to use Windows 10's S mode

Microsoft expects the 'majority of customers' to use Windows 10's S mode

Will Windows customers prefer to use Windows apps over their traditional games and utilities? With Windows 10's S mode, Microsoft is betting they will

Microsoft expects that the “majority of customers” will enjoy Windows 10 in its new S mode, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows wrote in a blog post Wednesday night.

The stunning endorsement of Windows 10’s S mode—which was formally confirmed as a mode of Windows 10 just about a day ago—was made by Joe Belfiore, who told me via Twitter that he expected the transition to take place in 2019.

Belfiore’s blog post set an even more aggressive timetable, claiming that customers would be able to buy a PC with Windows 10 S mode at or near the time when the next feature update to Windows 10 drops. That update, known as Redstone 4, is expected to appear on PCs in early April.

But for those who don’t want Windows 10’s S mode, there’s another important change: Whether customers opt for a PC with Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or a commercial version, the upgrade from S mode to the full versions of Windows 10 will be free.

“Starting with the next update to Windows 10, coming soon, customers can choose to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled, and commercial customers will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled,” Belfiore wrote

Whether Windows 10’s S mode is the default mode for new Windows 10 PCs seems like a moot question at this point. Though just the Surface Laptop and a small number of educational devices use Windows 10 S, Belfiore made a bold claim: “We expect the majority of customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10 in S mode,” he wrote.

Microsoft clearly expects new devices to use Windows 10 S in the future. Though Belfiore didn’t provide details, he did say there are twenty devices with Windows 10 S enabled.

“We expect to see new Windows 10 devices ship with S mode, available from our partners in the coming months, so check back here for updates,” Belfiore added.

In his comments on Twitter Tuesday night, Belfiore characterised Windows 10’s S mode as the “‘low-hassle’/ guaranteed performance version” of Windows. Belfiore called out the security, faster boot time, better battery life and consistent performance that Windows 10’s S mode produces.

Windows 10's S mode blocks the operating system from using traditional Win32 apps, allowing only apps from the Windows Store instead.

Belfiore reiterated that positioning in his Wednesday post, calling Windows 10’s S mode a Windows experience that was “streamlined for security and performance across all [of] our editions.” 

It’s unclear whether PC makers will offer Windows 10’s S mode as a configurable option, though that seems likely. What we now know, though, is that Windows 10’s S mode is far more important to Microsoft than it originally seemed. 

Why this matters: Belfiore’s bold claims about the projected market share for Windows 10 S/Windows 10’s S mode potentially change the market dramatically. If over 50 per cent of the market uses Windows 10’s S mode, traditional UWP apps and upcoming Progressive Web Apps will become far more important within the Microsoft ecosystem. Who knows what the future may hold?


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftWindows 10

Brand Post

What to expect from your IT Distributor

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been around since before the dot com rollercoaster, choosing the right distribution partner can be a pivotal factor in your success. This definitive guide outlines the traits that every IT partner needs to look for in their IT Distributor.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments