MICROSOFT’S Windows 10 Redstone 5 update could add an Autopilot mode and a Switch to S Mode that will make battery life and performance better.
Microsoft has released a test build of its Windows 10 Redstone 5 operating system which has revealed some clues for what we can expect in the full and final release.
A new Switch to S Mode and Autopilot feature could enhance the OS experience for users on various hardware options.
According to Thurott.com’s Paul Thurott the new Windows 10 test update has revealed the new S Mode feature.
The current Windows 10 April update version does let you switch out of S Mode via an app from the Store, but switching back is the tough part.
S Mode is a setting which locks down the OS so there is only access to Microsoft Store apps.
The idea is to offer enhanced security and performance which remains fast and battery efficient.
Anyone who gets a machine in S Mode can switch to the full Windows 10 experience for free at any time.
The theory based on this new S Mode code is that Microsoft could introduce a feature that lets you hop in and out of S Mode easily.
The idea here would be to allow you to switch out of S Mode to install drivers or non-Store content, before switching back into S Mode to remain efficient – in theory at least.
This would allow you to have third-party apps on the machine for Windows 10 full mode but to remain in S Mode when on the go to save battery and enhance performance.
Think of this as a bit like a power saving mode which can easily be turned on and off, like on smartphones.
Windows 10 is also due to get new Autopilot features which make provisioning and maintaining Windows easier, meaning less need for IT support.
Essentially this mode will auto fill in details like Region, Language, Keyboard and credentials on setup.
Autopilot will also allow Insider testers to reset and redeploy an Intune-managed Windows 10 device without requiring physical access to the device.
These new features have rolled out on the Window 10 Redstone 5 test build 17686 and Intune now.