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Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17110

08 March 2018

It should function in the same way as the Windows 10 S operating system that's now available. Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed on Twitter that Windows 10 S will be integrated into Windows 10 as a special "mode" sometime next year.

Windows 10 S will only use App Store UWP packages and will use it as a walled garden for Windows 10, aimed primarily at the Chromebook market, that is to say, budget-conscious consumers and the education sector. The S mode for other the OS will bring the functionality of Windows 10 S.

First announced less than a year ago, Windows 10 S promises better startup speeds, security features and battery life than other versions, but the trade-off is that Windows 10 S only runs apps from the Microsoft Store.

Whether Microsoft will offer Windows 10 S by default is not clear.

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The operating system was rolled out in May 2017 as a stand-alone version of Microsoft's OS for desktop. One report by has said that users will be able to upgrade from an "S" version of Windows 10 Home S to full-fledged Windows 10 Home for free, but Pro users going from the "S" version to the full version will be charged $49.

Windows 10 S was launched in 2017 as a scaled-back version of the operating system aimed at schools and businesses looking for a sandboxed environment.

The news that Windows 10 will get an "S Mode" isn't actually new, as this information leaked in a Neowin article last week, but today Belfiore made it official. Chrome OS and Chromebooks proved popular in the education market, both because of the comparatively low price and ease of use. While this is a huge amount of sales in and of itself, it's also significant because children that grow up using these Google devices are more likely to purchase them themselves when they come of age to purchase their own electronics. "Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version. SO ..."

Microsoft releases Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 17110