Will Windows soon be out of the cloud? The rumored kitchen has been running hot for months. According to a now revealed document Microsoft plans with “Windows 10 S” a frontal attack on Google – and already starting from 2 May.
With Windows RT, Microsoft experienced one of its biggest debacles. The 2012 version of the Windows 8 version, which was introduced only three years later, for devices with ARM processors failed mainly because they only supported apps from the Windows store and no conventional desktop programs.
Nevertheless, rumors remain that the software rise can return with a cloud version of Windows 10 to the energy-saving ARM architecture. New food now gets the speculation with a pre-release document from Redmond. Thus, the introduction of the Cloud Windows could even be imminent.
Does Microsoft plan the attack on Google?
While Microsoft is the undisputed market leader in classic PCs and notebooks with Windows, the manufacturer has lost the connection to the mobile smartphone world, fell far behind Google (Android) and Apple (iOS). But the manufacturer is also under pressure in schools and universities.
The reason is mainly the cheap Chromebooks of the Android manufacturer Google, whose operating system Chrome OS largely accesses Cloud software. The advantage of a cloud Windows is obvious: Windows 10 could also be used on devices that have the little computing power and memory space and could even run on devices with economical ARM processors (Acorn Risc Machine).
Confidential document leaked
The IT portal Windows Central has now released a confidential Microsoft document, according to which the software giant plans the frontal attack on the Chromebook. In a comparison matrix, he lists specific performance targets in comparison to Google’s Chromebooks and also identifies potential manufacturers with the same hardware requirements as the corresponding performance.
A quad-core Celeron processor, 4 megabytes of memory, 32 gigabytes of SSD or eMMC drive, optional touch and stylus control, and a battery with more than 40 watts of power. It is particularly interesting to know the battery times mentioned in the specifications – because they should allow at least ten hours, as with the Chromebook, a whole day’s work.
This and the addition “Edu Cloud Device Performance” leaves only the conclusion that Microsoft is explicitly geared towards the use in the competitive education market and thus create a favorable entry-level alternative to Google’s Chromebook as well as its own costly surface products.
Windows 10 S: What is the name of the Cloud Windows?
If it is true, Microsoft is entering a very lucrative business, which Google has been using for quite some time with its Chromebook. On the cheap notebooks store data as well as Apps mainly in the cloud and land only on the device if necessary.
This assumes the assumption that Microsoft distributes the version at a small price or even free to the hardware manufacturers to compete with the cheap Chromebooks. Windows Central assumes that the cloud operating system is called “Windows 10 S“, and an upgrade feature could be included in the optional upgrade to a regular home or pro version.
The authors expect an idea as early as 2 May 2017. Since Microsoft has invited this day to a Hardware Event in New York and the summer holidays are imminent, the clues to a revelation of the new Cloud Windows together with appropriate devices.
Rumors have been boiling for months
Already at the end of January the code name “CSHELL” (short for “CloudShell”) in the program code of a Windows 10 predecessor caused for the first speculation. Behind it, a slim Windows 10 version was assumed, which makes the system usable on all devices – and which should work on smartphones, PCs, notebooks, tablets, consoles as well as giant touchscreen devices.
The speculation of screenshots has been heated up with the new installation block for non-Windows store apps, which has long been part of the Windows 10 Creators update. Early on, Windows expert Mary Jo Foley suspected that Cloud Windows could be limited to installation from the Windows Store and part of a Microsoft campaign against Google Chromebook.
And also the IT website Petri speculated that the manufacturer released its “lightweight version of Windows, designed for the modern computing world” still in 2017.
Few apps and programs – but safe?
If Windows 10 Cloud is actually only a capped Windows RT, the success prospects are manageable. Although the Windows Store is now better filled, 99 percent of all apps and programs are still missing. No Google apps, no CCleaner, no Firefox – even other desktop software is still Slackware in Microsoft’s Windows store. This probably does not change so quickly: Many software companies are avoiding the store because they have to pay fees for each sale.
Windows Central, therefore, relies on the installation of traditional 32-bit programs via the so-called Project Centennial. This “desktop bridge” allows traditional Windows programs to be put into the store as UWP apps (“Universal Windows platform”). What this means for the Cloud RT Windows are security aspects.
Because it gives Microsoft the opportunity to rigorously examine what is landing in the store and what is not – like Apple with its App Store. This is especially useful in the field of education and business.