New Windows 10 Cumulative Update now available with fixes for version 1703

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All the users who bought a PC with Windows 10 S installed will be able to switch to the full Windows 10 version for free instead of paying $49 like before.

"Belfiore characterized Windows 10's S mode as the "'low-hassle'/ guaranteed performance version" of Windows.

Windows 10 S, in essence, was "Windows 10 Pro in S mode", as veteran Microsoft reporter Mary Jo Foley previously reported.

Some of you may have seen a discussion around our plans for Windows 10 S on Twitter today, and given some additional questions I've received, I thought it might be helpful to share more about our plans with Windows 10 S.

Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president for Windows, described those changes briefly in a Wednesday announcement.

Yes, Microsoft will take this separate version of Windows, which shipped on the Surface Laptop and other machines, and turn it into a mode next year.

This is the official confirmation that the official version of Windows 10 S as an isolated OS is being abandoned. "If a customer does want to switch out of it, they will be able to do so at no charge, regardless of edition", the blog post added. There are new Font settings in the Settings app, replacing the Control Panel functionality, and you can now download new fonts from the Microsoft Store. It is expected to debut alongside the Redstone 4 update in April.

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. Futuresource reported that Google's Chromebooks continue to dominate the USA school market, with a 59.6 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2017, but added that Microsoft has seen growing adoption through its expanding lineup of lower-cost, education-focused Windows devices. Since the RS5 build 17618 comes out after the RS4 build, when you run this command on it will display the names of the previous Windows 10 versions.

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