Yesterday we reported Joe Belfiore statement on Windows 10 S mode, and today the company has put out the official word on how it will become available, and if it will be a compulsory feature, and if customers need to pay to get out of S mode.
Note: The statement that Joe made about S mode coming next year stands incorrect now. It’s coming next month.
The questions are pretty obvious as OEMs have already rolled out Windows 10 S enabled PCs, 20 to be exact. And since Windows 10 S came out as a version before it was turned into a mode, the confusion became even deeper.
After a lot of feedback received both from OEMs and Customers, Microsoft has decided to leave the decision up to end users. Here are the official words from the company:
Based on that feedback, we are simplifying the experience for our customers. 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.
We expect the majority of customers to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10 in S mode. If a customer does want to switch out of S mode, they will be able to do so at no charge, regardless of edition.
So there are two main points here. First, customers are not forced into buying a Windows 10 PC with S mode enabled. So OEMs cannot just force, and ask them to pay to upgrade to a regular version. Secondly, If you have a Windows 10 with S mode, you don’t have to pay anything to upgrade to the regular version. As of now, you will have to pay $50 to upgrade.
Now here is my point. Why isn’t Microsoft implementing this as a feature in Windows 10? Maybe since they announced it as different OS version, and now they are compensating for the wrong decision.
Instead, Microsoft could have a flip switch for S mode which will make it instantly secure, and disable what should not work. This could be taken to IT level where admins can decide which PCs should run in a secure mode. I am guessing we will see something like this in next update of Windows 10.
Source: Windows Blog