HomeWinBuzzer NewsMicrosoft Kills Windows 10 S SKU in Favor of Integration

Microsoft Kills Windows 10 S SKU in Favor of Integration

Windows 10 S is no longer a separate SKU and will instead be folded into Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Enterprise.


Back last year, Microsoft launched S, a lighter version of the regular Windows 10 SKU. Designed mostly for the users, the version was a direct response to Google's . However, has kicked off February by making a significant change to .

When it launched, Windows 10 S was a separate SKU from other Windows variants. That means it sat separately from Windows 10 Home, , and Windows 10 Enterprise. Although, you may remember Microsoft has been offering a free upgrade path to Win10 S to Win10 Pro.

Microsoft has decided to kill off Windows 10 S as an individual SKU. Instead, the company is making the build into a platform that will run on top of existing SKUs. The obvious reason for this decision is to get Win10 S into as many machines as possible.

Reports suggest machines with the S mode enabled will come with an option to disable it or not. This SKU flexibility will be available for free on Windows 10 Home versions, but will cost $49 to switch off Windows 10 S on the Win 10 Pro SKU.

As for Win10 S itself, the platform will not be changing at all. Whether this is a good decisions remains to be seen, but it was clear from the start Windows 10 S was not a good fit for Microsoft. The company sold it as a complete Windows SKU with a lighter touch, but it was also upgradeable to other versions.

The Win10 S platform will retain its more streamlined and secure approach. Microsoft insists people do want to use Windows 10 S. The company says 60% of people with Win10 S devices stick with the software and didn't upgrade to Win10 Pro. That's a solid number that shows there is a market for the platform.

Forgetting Chrome Rivalry?

OEMs have been pushing Microsoft's streamlined education-focused Windows by releasing affordable devices. How the future of such products will be affected remains to be seen. Let's remember, Microsoft wants Windows 10 S to compete with ChromeOS and Chromebooks.

Google's platform focuses on offering a light experience, but is limited by always needing a connection. Windows 10 S is different, it works like a lighter version of Windows 10 that can work offline and run traditional desktop apps.

What will happen to this concept remains to be seen. Win10 S will live on, but will it now simply be lost in the mix?

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

Recent News