The Sams Report: Is Windows 10 S a Failure?

Posted on March 9, 2018 by Brad Sams in Podcasts, The Sams Report with 4 Comments

On this episode of The Sams Report, Windows 10 S is officially getting overhauled, Cortana is being self-hosted and Spring is in the air.

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4 responses to “The Sams Report: Is Windows 10 S a Failure?”

  1. ponsaelius

    Windows 10 S or S mode is interesting because it doesn't really make any sense as there seems no tangible benefits.

    So a consumer gets Windows 10 S on a machine. Mostly users don't "choose" Windows it's just on their PC. its free from their perspective. They don't pay extra. They may not even notice for a while. However, if they want to install Chrome, a printer driver or some other thing they will discover that it's "limited". They then get the idea there is a version of Windows that doesn't work like Windows they used to have.

    Who is going to choose Windows S? If you are told you can have a version of Windows that locks you into only the Microsoft Store then who will voluntarily choose that? Even if they can live with Windows S the idea of buying into fenced world where, if they want to download something from the web, they can't is a tough sell.

    So speed, security, battery life are enhanced. If people are choosing on those criteria then it actually puts the Chromebook on the horizon. Creating a Chromebook like Windows might just remove the reason to even want to have Windows.

    Just as a basic selling point what is the benefit of S mode? Until anyone understands it then it's DOA.

    • Alastair Cooper

      In reply to ponsaelius:

      I fear Microsoft's long-term goal may be to make getting a version of Windows that isn't S mode difficult for ordinary users. Non-S mode will become something for premium/business SKUs whilst they have a monopoly on the store for other editions. I hope I'm wrong.

  2. John Scott

    Brad I agree with you on 10S. Microsoft has to make a better pitch on why users should stick with it. Given that so many use Chrome browser and use that browser on so many devices and use Google services. Is that a major sticking point for 10S users? I question if PC makers will offer a lot of 10S mode PC's by default. Except those marketed for markets like education.

  3. Jeremy Woodruff

    Maybe they shouldn't call it Windows. Maybe it is time to rebrand and start with something new. Hopefully they go this route with Polaris. If it is a big change from legacy Windows, what good is that brand?