The messaging on the software was always a bit messy, though, and the company didn't really do itself any favors by launching it on the high-end Surface Laptop. Whereas Windows 10 S is a standalone operating system, S Mode will be an optional feature for regular Windows 10 editions. Understandably, it's been a bit hard to determine how to classify what's essentially functioned as a forked version of the company's broader OS.
"Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version", Belfiore said today on Twitter. 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. Intended as a rival for Google's Chrome OS, which continues to gain substantial ground in important markets like education, Windows 10 S is something of a "Windows 10 Lite" solution.
While Windows 10 S users can upgrade to any other version of Windows 10 but that would require them to pay some cash and only Win 10 Home upgrade is free. That would have involved doing away with Windows 10 S as a separate iteration of Windows and Microsoft has now confirmed that it's going to do just that.
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When Microsoft introduced Windows 10S past year, I was deeply concerned.