Microsoft Is Readying Its Own Chromebook-Killer with Rumored Windows 10 Cloud

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Feb 1, 2017
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We have been seeing reports of a new version of Windows, currently being known as Windows Cloud. Wondering what exactly is is? Wasn’t Microsoft done with new versions, offering Windows 10 as a service? Well, yes. But, Windows 10 Cloud is a simplified version of Windows 10, which is another reincarnation of Windows RT.

A lighter version of Windows 10, the rumored operating system will only be able to run Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed from the Windows Store. “Think of it as being similar to the version of Windows 10 formerly known as Windows RT or the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU,” ZDNet reported, citing unnamed sources.

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Windows 10 Cloud to compete against Chrome OS?

The new Windows 10 Cloud is reported to be a simplified version of Windows 10 that will only use software from the Windows Store. While it’s unclear what exactly “Cloud” stands for here, Windows 10 Cloud could be Microsoft’s answer to the growing trend of low-cost Chrome OS and Chromebooks.

It is expected that the company will use the new version to push Cortana services along with Bing and Edge more aggressively – without having to deal with user backlash. This step will also make it easier for Microsoft to offer Windows experience on cheaper devices. Microsoft had confirmed last year that the company plans to offer Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors later this year.

Microsoft had revealed its plans to launch Windows 10 on ARM, thanks to a partnership with Qualcomm. “Customers are asking for devices with better battery life, with cellular connectivity,” Microsoft’s Windows and device chief, Terry Myerson had said in December. “That’s why we’ve invested in this, and we’re pretty excited to be announcing it this week.”

Now with the references to Windows 10 Cloud, it could be possible that the company is planning to bring Windows desktop apps to mobile ARM processors with the new rumored OS.

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Some in the industry are already criticizing the rumored OS version – before it’s even publicly announced. Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney took to Twitter to attack the operating system.

But, Microsoft is yet to confirm the latest rumors of Windows 10 Cloud. “We have nothing to share,” a company spokesperson said.

Since references to Windows 10 Cloud started appearing in the Windows 10 Preview builds featuring the Creators Update, many expect the Redmond software giant to launch Windows 10 Cloud after April. Windows 10 Creators Update is set to be released to the public in April, this year.

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