The next big release around the Windows roadmap isn’t another Windows 10 feature update but Windows 11, with Microsoft expected to confirm this plan on June 24 during a dedicated event.
Windows 11 will therefore be the new-generation and long awaited Windows refresh, bringing massive improvements in every single area, including not only the feature lineup but also the UI.
Microsoft, however, is not likely to create any big changes towards the available SKUs, therefore the company will even continue to provide a dedicated S mode version available separately as Windows 11 SE.
Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley says Microsoft doesn’t wish to give up on Windows S Mode at this time, so Windows 11 SE is very likely to be the codename of the upcoming Windows 10 SKU that may be placed on devices coming with this mode pre-loaded.
Windows 11 SE
Windows 10’s S Mode is really a dedicated SKU that restricts using apps to the Microsoft Store, therefore boosting security and ensuring improved performance. Users, however, can remove the S Mode and upgrade to full Windows 10, and there’s an opportunity the upcoming Windows 11 operating-system would use a similar approach.
“Windows 10 in S mode is a form of Windows 10 that’s streamlined for security and gratifaction, while providing a familiar Windows experience. To increase security, it allows only apps in the Microsoft Store, as well as Microsoft Edge for safe browsing,” Microsoft explains.
“To increase security and performance, Windows 10 in S mode runs only apps in the Microsoft Store. If you want to install an application that’s not available in the Microsoft Store, you will need to permanently change of S mode. There is no charge to change out of S mode, but you can’t turn it back on. If you are blocked from switching as well as your device belongs to an organization, check with your administrator. Your organization can choose to keep all devices in S mode.”
Microsoft is projected to officially announce Windows 11 next week.