Earlier this year, Microsoft announced S Mode for Windows 10
and phased out Windows 10 S. The “S” doesn’t stand for anything
in particular, but Microsoft says Windows 10 in S Mode
is streamlined for simplicity, security and speed.
Windows 10 in S Mode only allows the installation of apps
from Microsoft Store (formerly Windows Store).
Windows 10 in S Mode basically restricts the use of Win32
software. It’s designed for low-end devices in the
education market, and Microsoft is still committed to the
Microsoft is readying a feature called Switch to S Mode. The
company is still working on Switch to S Mode feature and it
will launch with
Windows 10 Redstone 5. It would allow you to easily switch
to the S Mode from the Settings app.
As noted above, it’s a seamless process so you will be able to
enable it with a few taps. You can switch to Windows 10 S
by following the on-screen instructions in the settings app.
The feature is already available in
Windows 10 Build 17686, the most recent preview of Windows
10. The S Mode will likely be a feature of the Redstone 5
update due in the fall.
Microsoft is still testing the feature, and while you can find
the settings for S mode, it doesn’t work and redirects to the
It appears that the process of enabling and disabling Windows
10 S Mode would be very seamless, which means that you can also
disable the feature and easily boot to the full operating
system. In other words, Microsoft could allow users to go both
ways, you can return back to full Windows 10 without
reinstalling the OS manually.
It’s worth noting that you can still enable S Mode in Windows
10 April 2018 Update, but the process is not easy and to go
back, you would need to re-install the operating system using
Windows 10 S Mode will get convenient and straightforward with
Redstone 5 update. Microsoft is still working on S Mode, and it
will continue to evolve in Windows 10, as further improvements
are also planned.
Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 Redstone 5 in
October, so by the time it gets the green light for the public,
more changes will make their way to the OS in this regard.