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Microsoft gives Insiders a first look at new privacy screen settings

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Theresa Hayes | 07 March, 2018, 18:28

Last September, Microsoft extended the deadline to upgrade from Windows 10 S to regular Windows 10 by three months, with the new deadline being March 31, 2018.

Microsoft has rolled out a fresh preview version of Windows 10 that makes some interesting changes on the privacy front ahead of the next big update of the desktop OS, which could be imminent given the lack of issues cited with this Redstone 4 build. It is only capable of running apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store, and Microsoft claimed that the "S" stood for "Simplicity". That would have involved doing away with Windows 10 S as a separate iteration of Windows and Microsoft has now confirmed that it's going to do just that.

What do you think of Microsoft's decision to drop Windows 10 S entirely in favor of "S Mode"? For a $50 fee, any Windows 10 S machine can be transformed into a full-fledged Windows 10 computer.

Others will receive seven individual screens, each dedicated to a single privacy setting with the recommended Microsoft selection for the best Windows 10 experience distinguished by a dotted line. The majority of Windows 10 S products have been low-priced PCs aimed at education, where the ability to lockdown the platform is a welcome control for administrators. 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.

Since the move appears to be some time off, official details on how the new S Mode will work aren't available. The confirmation came from Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore on Twitter.

Belfiore, in a tweet on Wednesday, said, "Next year, 10 S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version".

With the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update due shortly, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) about to become law, Microsoft is working on improving its user data privacy choices.

This "mode" will allow all the Windows 10 users to enjoy the speed, security and simplicity of Windows 10 S. Whenever needed, they can turn off the "mode" to have the full Windows 10 PC without any restrictions.