MS Executive Confirms 'Mode' Rumor about Windows 10 S

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Developers will soon be able to tap into the computing resources of their PCs and edge devices, enabling hardware-accelerated AI models in Windows across a wide spectrum of devices with varying hardware configurations, Gallo explained. Microsoft had positioned Windows 10 S, released just last May, as its "lightweight" operating system alternative to Google's Chrome OS.

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.

Rumors of Windows 10 S's demise - as a distinct operating system - have been confirmed. What this means is that Microsoft is making it simpler to hook into AI/ML services while building your app as a default operation. 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. Windows 10 S -now Windows 10 "S Mode"- limits users to installing apps only available on the Windows Store. It is possible to unlock a full version of Windows 10 if you are willing to pay for it. S Mode will enable any Windows 10 PC to be toggled into the Windows 10 S sandbox. Tabs in File Explorer has been a much-requested feature in Windows for years, and a lot of users will be pleased to see the addition of tabs in Windows later this year.

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Recent estimates have stated that Chrome OS accounts for about 60% of the U.S. education market in grades K-12. Windows 10 Build 17618 is a big release as it marks the comeback of Sets, a tabbed-like interface in Windows 10. Microsoft even a year ago offered a chance to all Windows 10 S users to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free. Just as things now work with the standalone version, S Mode in Windows 10 will limited devices to running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that Microsoft has curated through its Windows Store.

Microsoft is simply calling this 'the AI platform in Windows 10, ' and promises low latency and real-time results by leveraging a given computer's processing power, even name-dropping video game engines as a possible use case for the technology. The confirmation came from Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore on Twitter.