In addition to the two existing versions, there is now a special mode of Windows that you can take into account when buying: your options are Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro vs. Windows 10 in S mode. How do you know what suits you? We compare all versions of Windows 10 to see what each one has special.
WINDOWS 10 HOME
Home is the standard version of Windows 10, the basic package designed for the individual user who uses Windows at home or to do homework. This version contains all the functions that Microsoft offers to the market in general, such as the voice assistant Cortana, Outlook, OneNote and Microsoft Edge. Home an is compatible with the Windows Insider program, although it limits security and group management services to which other versions of Windows have access.
Windows 10 Home includes all the functions that are probably important on a consumer PC. You will find support for all the functions of Windows devices, including voice commands, sketches, touch screens, login with Hello and more. Although Windows 10 Home does not usually come with a permanent version of Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), it includes 30-day tests for the Office 365 subscription service, with the hope that new users will continue their subscription after the proof.
Windows 10 Home offers basic device encryption that is activated by default. The Xbox application, video game streaming, Xbox controller support, Game DVR and other gaming features are supported in Windows 10 Home, plus there is access to the individual version of the OneDrive cloud storage system (5GB with the Free version, compared to 1TB in Office 365).
Generally speaking, Windows 10 Home is lightweight in terms of professional functions, but it does include a mobile device manager that can be useful for people or families who want to control security settings and applications for connected phones.
WINDOWS 10 PRO
The professional version of Windows 10 includes many additional features that were designed with business in mind. It basically has everything Windows Home offers, plus additional security and administration services. This version is usually purchased wholesale by companies or schools, although individuals and freelancers may also be interested in buying it.
However, the Pro does not have much to offer the average home user. To start with is the BitLocker Encryption, which is powerful and configurable, and Windows Information Protection, which helps you with advanced access control. These and similar functions are valuable for IT administrators. In addition, you will find more customizable packages designed for education and business issues (particularly large companies). You will also have access to great features such as the Windows Sandbox, which allows you to test applications that you mistrust in a virtual environment.
Windows 10 Pro includes access to business versions of Microsoft services, such as Windows Store for Business, Windows Update for Business, browser options in Company Mode and more. These versions include additional functions to acquire and upload content in large quantities. There are also virtualization options, including support for Remote Desktop, Hyper-V Client, shared PC configuration and more.
WINDOWS 10 IN S MODE
Windows 10 in S mode is a new variant of Windows 10 designed by Microsoft to be used on lighter devices and provide better security and easier handling. The S means nothing, but Microsoft generally surrounds it with words like security, simplification, superior performance and things like that.
Windows 10 in S mode is not another version of Windows 10 (in fact it can be enabled for Windows 10 Home or Pro); It is a special way that basically limits Windows 10 in several ways to make it faster, the battery lasts longer and is safer and easier to handle.
The idea is that PC manufacturers sell S-mode devices and can compete with Chromebooks in educational environments and between organizations that need more security and easier maintenance.
Mode S has the same functionality as the base version of Windows 10. Microsoft did this mode with schools in mind, and wants educators to have the tools necessary to manage their classes. However, to obtain these results, the S mode also eliminates some important capabilities.
The first and most important difference is that Windows 10 in S mode only allows applications to be installed from the Windows Store. This allows Microsoft to more easily eradicate malware, in addition to guaranteeing a certain level of quality in applications, although this also limits what you can download and use. Do not forget that this limitation also applies to any proprietary software that companies may have, in addition to any type of security software other than Windows Defender, it makes things very difficult for some businesses.
Microsoft Edge is the default browser in S mode and you cannot change it. In theory, if other browsers have applications in the Windows Store you can use them, but so far this has not happened. The reason is, again, better security control. Similarly, Bing is the default search engine for S mode activities.
Boot times and applications are generally faster in 10S because there are no legacy Windows programs that slow things down, as long as you are not consuming too much RAM. Files are automatically saved in the cloud through OneDrive, which helps save space on smaller hard drives. There are also basic Windows functions such as Cortana, Windows Hello facial recognition and Windows Ink for the pencil.
Any PC can be compatible with Windows 10 in S mode. The biggest difference is that you will only get S mode if the manufacturer sells it. And the PCs that come like this can stop using S mode when visiting the Windows Store and choosing that option. When the change is completed, the PC will be using Windows 10 Home or Pro, depending on the base license.
Some PCs are being sold with Windows 10 in S mode, particularly ARM laptops such as the HP Envy x2 and the Asus NovaGo. In addition, several manufacturers make low-cost laptops that use S mode, such as the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 and the Acer Spin. The same Microsoft Surface laptop can be purchased in this mode. Even some premium devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Book 2, come with Windows 10 S by default.