Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Microsoft announces Windows AI Platform

Microsoft announces Windows AI Platform

Belfiore provided this info in a question regarding Microsoft's market share in the educational sector, where Google's ChromeOS-Chromebooks combo has been slowly eating away at Microsoft's lead. The Redmond giant launched Windows 10 S in May previous year as a lightweight version of Windows 10 - targeting schools and other institutions - to take on Google's Chrome OS.

The tweet posted by Belfiore also confirms that Microsoft is planning to bring the S Mode to all existing Windows 10 versions, including Windows 10 Home, Enterprise, and Pro.

Microsoft has today detailed the new privacy experience that the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 4 aka Spring Creators update will offer. Earlier this year, leaked reports detailed Microsoft's plan to discontinue Windows 10 S and launch Windows 10 "S Mode" in its place.

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Windows 10 S users who require more features, and the ability to run desktop programs can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro via the Windows Store.

The disappointment of Windows RT might explain why Microsoft has been so quick to change its approach with Windows 10 S, which has so far been available on only a handful of Surface tablets and other devices. And I'm sure marketing departments will pick up on Belfiore's comments about "guaranteed performance version" and push 10S as a positive. Hopefully in a few more years up updates we'll just get a global "OFF" switch. 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.

Microsoft is simply calling this 'the AI platform in Windows 10, ' and promises low latency and real-time results by leveraging a given computer's processing power, even name-dropping video game engines as a possible use case for the technology.

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