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It's been a while since Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build to the Slow ring, but today, the company released build 17115.

A year ago we introduced Windows 10 S - an effort to provide a Windows experience that delivers predictable performance and quality through Microsoft-verified apps via the Microsoft Store. Recall, it will replace the Windows 10 S and will offer the same functionality but without the need to reinstall the system.

This news comes straight from Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore, who tweeted it out last last night, stating, "Next year 10S will be a "mode" of existing versions, not a distinct version".

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In Belfiore's official blog post, that rumor has been debunked: "If a customer does want to switch out of S mode, they will be able to do so at no charge, regardless of edition". Belfiore's blog post also lacks any details specific to Windows 10 S on Always Connected Windows PCs built around Qualcomm's ARM Snapdragon SoCs.

It's also worth considering the timing of the next Windows 10 update, which probably means northern Autumn 2018. It was a more restricted version of Windows 10 that only allowed apps from the Windows Store to be installed. That should clear up any confusion around unlocking the full version of Windows, and now it is up to PC makers to decide whether to sell machines with S Mode enabled or not. Despite introduction on the expensive Surface Laptop shown above, Windows 10 S has primarily been found on low-priced machines for the education sector.

We hope this new approach will simplify and make it possible for more customers to start using Windows in S mode: a familiar, productive Windows experience that is streamlined for security and performance across all our editions. It can't be undone, and presumably that could be true for other Windows 10 editions.