Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is working on a lighter version of Windows 10, dubbed Windows Cloud 10 or simply Windows Cloud.
Reports suggest that the tech giant is looking to challenge Google’s Chrome OS with Windows Cloud.
Microsoft Windows Cloud
New leaked screenshots that surfaced on the internet this week show that Windows Cloud looks and works like Windows 10. However, the operating system does not allow installations of centennial apps such as Evernote. It can only run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications.
Brad Sams of Thurrott was able to get his hands on a build of Windows Cloud. He confirmed that centennial apps does not work in this OS.
“I’m not sure if this is a local issue or if this will be the actual case when it is released, but for now, this mystery remains unsolved,” Sams wrote in his post. He also mentioned that it is a bit odd “that in the ‘About’ section, this version of Windows is still listed as Windows 10 Pro.”
According to Sams, nothing is new or different in this build, except it is limited to UWP applications. The OS feels and operates like Windows 10.
However, he wrote that: “This ISO comes from a third-party and not directly from Microsoft; it is possible that this is a hacked together build but we won’t know until we get our hands on an official release.”
Windows Cloud could be attractive schools and educational sectors
A report from Engadget suggests that schools and other institutions could make choose Windows Cloud due to its ability to run UWP apps only.
Knowing that kids cannot install unapproved games or apps could me an attractive feature for educators.
Still, it is not clear when Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going to release Windows Cloud. The company is likely to release the OS very soon, and could ship it when Windows 10’s Creators Update arrives in the spring.
“The timing would certainly be right. Schools tend to prepare their tech budgets months before the start of classes, and Microsoft will need Windows Cloud-equipped PCs on the market very soon if it’s going to lure the educational crowd away from Google’s offerings,” according to the report.
What is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP)?
The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a software platform that allows developers to build apps for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.
In other news, Microsoft is looking to have one billion Windows 10 devices on the market in the comig years. To achieve this goal, the tech giant asked its hardware partners to build in new types of Windows devices 10.
The Richmond firm reported better than expected earnings, thanks to its Azure cloud computing division. Revenue from Azure soared 93% in the fiscal second quarter to push an 8% growth in the company’s cloud business $6.9 billion.