Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2018 20:55 UTC
Windows

Windows Insider Preview build 17686 includes a hint that Microsoft may soon allow users to "switch to S mode". If true, the software giant may finally reverse on of the worst design decisions in Windows history.

You can see this hint by opening the Settings app and typing S mode. As you can see in the shot above, Settings provides a search hint for a Settings interface called Switch to S Mode.

I would definitely use this switch; I pretty much run only Store Applications on my Surface Pro 4 anyway, and an easy switch to allow classic Win32 applications if the need arises seems useful.

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Can there be a NotS mode?
by cosmotic on Thu 7th Jun 2018 21:18 UTC
cosmotic
Member since:
2010-01-31

I would prefer a setting for globally disabling store apps. Every one I try is useless, nonfunctional, or infuriating. That includes the MS apps and the store-like apps like the settings app and edge. I want them all to go away so I never have to deal with them again.

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RE: Can there be a NotS mode?
by JimRaynor on Thu 7th Jun 2018 21:53 UTC in reply to "Can there be a NotS mode?"
JimRaynor Member since:
2018-04-06

Yeah. There is Windows 10 n LTSB and it work that way, but you can`t get that version easy.

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RE: Can there be a NotS mode?
by galvanash on Fri 8th Jun 2018 04:33 UTC in reply to "Can there be a NotS mode?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

I would prefer a setting for globally disabling store apps. Every one I try is useless, nonfunctional, or infuriating. That includes the MS apps and the store-like apps like the settings app and edge. I want them all to go away so I never have to deal with them again.


Install Start10 (or some other start menu replacement) and just forget they exist. Its not hard.

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RE: Can there be a NotS mode?
by moondevil on Fri 8th Jun 2018 10:56 UTC in reply to "Can there be a NotS mode?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

No problem, Microsoft is in the process of moving Win32 to the store as well, so you will get your apps there.

MSIX with Windows Containers is merging both worlds together.

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RE[2]: Can there be a NotS mode?
by Carrot007 on Fri 8th Jun 2018 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Can there be a NotS mode?"
Carrot007 Member since:
2008-02-04

Sounds shit.

How about removing the store and making an OS where I can get my own apps where I like?

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

How about removing the store and making an OS where I can get my own apps where I like?


If that is important to you, I would suggest switching to Linux or some other Open Source OS. What you want and what the companies making most commercial operating systems want is two different things...

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Things Should Go Stricter:
by dionicio on Thu 7th Jun 2018 23:37 UTC
dionicio
Member since:
2006-07-12

Should Offer boot to S image. At most of emergencies, no time to pamper.

Boot S and send those urgent files to another machine.

That image on Call-Home SelfManagement.

A good place also, to give maintainance to a damaged Pro Image, also.

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Wait what?
by judgen on Fri 8th Jun 2018 00:21 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

So the writer aplauds having a switch to disable non-store applications?

Oh i get it, like if there is no parking spaces and you would like to momentarily handicap yourself so you can use the parking space for the disabled..

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RE: Wait what?
by galvanash on Fri 8th Jun 2018 04:38 UTC in reply to "Wait what?"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

So the writer aplauds having a switch to disable non-store applications?

Oh i get it, like if there is no parking spaces and you would like to momentarily handicap yourself so you can use the parking space for the disabled..


I remember a discussion (on this board I think) a few years back where I brought up the likelihood that Microsoft would eventually disable unsigned apps. Everyone said I was crazy... They would never do that they said. It would be suicide they said.

It went down a little different than I thought, but it has already started. They are just being gentle as they ease the knife in...

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RE[2]: Wait what?
by moondevil on Fri 8th Jun 2018 10:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Wait what?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I appreciate it, I don't want to have random app access my personal files.

Also Microsoft is playing catch up with Apple and Google on this one.

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RE[3]: Wait what?
by Carrot007 on Fri 8th Jun 2018 15:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Wait what?"
Carrot007 Member since:
2008-02-04

And I like having my apps do whatever I like and getting them from whereever I like.

A permission structure for doing bad things may be resonable but hobbling the computer so it no longer has what any sane person would call an operating system is not.

The OS is not an app store and should never be.

The OS is there to be my bitch not whoever created its.

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RE[4]: Wait what?
by zima on Wed 13th Jun 2018 19:09 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wait what?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The Store brings to Windows package management / autoupdating of 3rd party apps, that's universally a good thing...

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RE: Wait what?
by dark2 on Sat 9th Jun 2018 13:54 UTC in reply to "Wait what?"
dark2 Member since:
2014-12-30

More like this is one of those Linux guys that loves repositories because he can never stop installing malware on Windows.

Reply Score: 3

Comment by robojerk
by robojerk on Fri 8th Jun 2018 02:18 UTC
robojerk
Member since:
2006-01-10

Im the exact opposite. I dont have a single app from the store. I tried VLC long ago and felt it wanting.

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one of the worst design decisions?
by dark2 on Sat 9th Jun 2018 19:17 UTC
dark2
Member since:
2014-12-30

On the contrary, history shows allowing anyone to develop software for Windows is why it succeeded and we're all using x86 right now (outside of arm stuff.) I would actually have to say the opposite and repositories the writer thinks of the same as app stores are actually the worst design decision in desktop Linux. Apps require a man in the middle to repackage everything, nothing can just work out of the box so there are .deb, .rpm, etc. There are some newer "solutions," but as always they will not see widespread adoption as the Linux community will bicker over small technical details endlessly instead of wasting a bit of cheap disk space to make things go smoothly for the user.

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Idea...good... implementation...not so much
by klahjn on Sun 10th Jun 2018 05:01 UTC
klahjn
Member since:
2013-08-17

Windows S is a great idea for a recovery partition to diagnose and troubleshoot your operating system.

So far windows 10 was far better than 8/8.1, but it looks like they are taking a step back into that terrible territory again.

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dark2 Member since:
2014-12-30

The goal is to get 3rd party software sources all going through the store to get the same financial cut as the app and play stores. Windows 8 was simply a direct attempt to force people to use the metro apps and buy software through the store.

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Milo_Hoffman
Member since:
2005-07-06

I dare you to find a single app where the a Windows App Store version is not worse than the standalone version.

Reply Score: 2