Windows 10's next major update includes an AI platform

Isaac Cain
March 8, 2018

It has only said that Windows 10 S will be offered as a mode in the existing versions starting next year.

Microsoft is holding Windows Developer Day today, an event that it's been having twice a year as of late, shortly before each feature update for Windows 10. However, it will be shipped with the regular Windows 10 Home, Enterprise and Pro versions instead of a standalone choice. This isn't confirmed by Microsoft yet, and users will expect clearer details of these aspects of the S Mode shifting.

A new version of Windows 10 is expected to arrive later this spring, and that's when Microsoft said everyone will be able to see the new privacy screen at installation. It's more than many users wanted or needed.

Last month it was rumored that Windows 10 S was set to be replaced by a mode that can be set in other versions of Windows 10.

Whether S Mode is enabled on a given device may be up to PC manufacturers, as is the case with 10 S's main competitor, Chrome OS. Nevertheless, those who possess Windows 10 Pro in S Mode would have to pay 49 dollars in order to unlock the full version.

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Tabs in File Explorer, along with the new and improved Sets feature is available with Windows 10 Redstone 5 build 17618 to those part of Skip Ahead in the Windows Insider program.

An oft cited complaint, or even reason not to upgrade to Windows 10, is due to privacy concerns.

Low latency, real-time results: Windows can perform AI evaluation tasks using the local processing capabilities of the PC, enabling real-time analysis of large local data such as images and video.

A key component of the initiative is Windows support for the Open Neural Network Exchange Format (ONNX), an open ecosystem for interchangeable AI models that's backed by Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

"We use Win10S as an option for schools or businesses that want the "low-hassle"/ guaranteed performance version", Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore wrote in a post on Twitter.

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