Last week, ZDNet published a report saying that Microsoft is planning a competitor to Chrome OS. Named Windows 10 Cloud, it will be a lightweight version of Windows 10 with the ability to run on low-cost PCs.
And now, WindowsBlogItalia just published the first screenshots of the Windows 10 Cloud, which appears to be a lot like the original Windows 10. The part ‘cloud’ seems to be quite misleading as unlike Chrome OS, it has nothing to do with the cloud. Instead, it largely behaves like Windows 10, but doesn’t run conventional Windows app. the team at WindowsBlogItalia has been running a leaked version of this OS and through certain keys in the registry, it has been managed to verify the OS’s authenticity.
According to ZDNet, Windows 10 Cloud will let you run only Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps downloaded from the Windows Store. It means you won’t be able to install apps from elsewhere. You’ll get a stern warning if you try so. Most likely, this feature will be helpful to schools and other institutions where security is a big issue. As reported by WindowsBlogItalia, Windows Store apps built using Microsoft’s “Centennial” Desktop bridge, which brings Win32 apps to the Windows Store.
It’s not sure when the Windows 10 Cloud might show up. However, it is mentioned in current Windows Insider preview releases. That means there’s a possibility it could be shipped when Windows 10’s Creator’s Update arrives in the spring.