To quote Belfiore: "Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version". The new AI platform is called Windows ML and using the WinML APIs Windows 10 developers can use pre-trained machine learning models inside their apps for great performance, to save customer's data and more. Windows 10 S works only with the UWP apps Microsoft itself provides from the app store. Reports surfaced recently that Microsoft would combine Windows 10 S and Windows 10, making the former a "mode" of the Windows 10 OS. 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. The Redmond giant launched Windows 10 S in May previous year as a lightweight version of Windows 10 - targeting schools and other institutions - to take on Google's Chrome OS. Users will still be able to enjoy the functionalities of the operating system in the same way its dedicated version was built for.
If we're to take the Neowin story as 100% accurate, "S Mode" will be available for any owner of Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions. Windows 10 S users may also switch to Windows 10 Pro via an upgrade found within the Microsoft Store.
According to the report, Polaris will follow the same rules as Windows 10 S and is a brand new version of Windows 10 for desktop PCs. The big catch with Windows 10 S?More news: Europe must pressure USA to comply with Iran nuclear deal: Zarif
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.
The choice to move to a Windows 10 S mode in their competing devices was expected by many, but it's also muddying the waters and making it more hard to tell which Windows PCs are meant to capture the attention of an education market that is now enamored with Chromebooks. I'd fully expect Microsoft to detail more information at Build this year to help developer better understand the requirements and benefits of these new tools.