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Why 'Windows Lite' would be a bad name for Microsoft's upcoming OS

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Microsoft has never really been good at naming Windows.

For the most part, Windows names have been uninspired, boring, or just confusing. So, when rumors emerged suggesting that "Windows Lite" might not actually use the name Windows when it's announced officially, I was excited. Why? Because this would be an excellent time for Microsoft to branch out, try new things, and kickstart an entirely new generation of computing experiences powered by Windows, without all the legacy expectations that the name Windows brings with it.

Before we dive into what it should or shouldn't be called, let's give some background on Windows Lite. I think many of us are expecting Windows Lite to be a watered-down version of Windows, thanks in part to its codename, but that's not really what Windows Lite is all about. Windows Lite is Microsoft's attempt at bringing a new, more modern user experience to a Windows OS to compete alongside Chrome OS and iOS on iPad. It looks and feels different from any version of Windows before it, and it focuses primarily on web experiences and integrations, along with Microsoft Store apps, maybe even Android apps, and making the OS much lighter.

Windows brings with it certain expectations

I think calling it "Windows" anything is a terrible idea. The Windows brand carries with it expectations, and if those aren't met, it will make for a terrible user experience. For example, people buying Windows products expect a typical taskbar, Start menu, legacy program support, and more. Case in point: Windows 8, and Windows 10 S. These versions of Windows removed one or all of the parts people "expect" to have available to them on a Windows device, and it didn't go over well. If Microsoft wants to branch out and try new things with Windows Lite, it needs to not be called Windows.

Windows Lite needs to avoid the same fate as Windows 8 and Windows 10 S.

Then there's the "Lite" aspect of its name. As far as I know, the word "Lite" has never been in the running as a potential name for this OS; it's just a codename. In fact, I'm told Microsoft has already stopped using this codename in favor of something else internally, as it's setting the wrong idea for what Windows Lite is all about. It's not a "light" version of Windows; it's an entirely new experience for Windows, built on a lightweight, adaptable platform known as Windows Core OS.

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And, calling something "lite" just makes people think you're not getting a full experience. Lite has the connotation of being "less than" or "not as good" as something else.

So what should Windows Lite be called?

This is a popular topic of conversation among us at Windows Central. If you listen to our weekly podcast, you'll know we've spitballed many ideas for what Windows Lite could be called. We started at "Aurora," a nice word that feels modern and clean. But then we ended up with "Skylight." And we like that name a lot.

Windows Lite, even if it's not called Windows, is still Windows (Core OS) underneath. While most people probably won't know or care if it is, the fans will know. A skylight is a window that's most commonly found in ceilings and lets in natural light. It's a subtle call back to "Windows" and the fact that Windows Lite is all about light computing. It's the perfect name!

In all seriousness, we don't know what Windows Lite will be called when it's officially announced. While we would absolutely love for it to be called Skylight, chances are Microsoft has another name planned for it. I wouldn't write off the rumors that Windows Lite won't be called Windows, however, as I've actually had the chance to see, and play with, Windows Lite. And from my very brief time using it, I never once saw a Windows logo.

What do you think Windows Lite should be called? Do you like the name Skylight? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • I wonder with MS releasing their own Chrome browser would they consider releasing a Microsoft Chromebook with MS apps?
  • Ah, Nope! :-)
  • This is tough. It's hard to come up with new names. Just call it Windows. No matter what they call it, they will be criticized by someone. I'm thinking just stick with Windows Core.
  • Better yet, just call it CoreOs
  • Yep CoreOS I was thinking exactly the same
  • With ya there. CoreOS or COS sounds good. Just hope the experience is also.
  • No, alphabetically COS would come before DOS, so to be "modern" it should come after it. So the better name would me EOS, "EnhancedOS".
    I am just kidding, it is a bad idea. It should be called Microsoft CoreOS, open source with the possibility of Win32 and UIs being layers running on top of it.
  • Well too bad CoreOS already exists.
  • Yeah, CoreOS is already used by another Linux distro and they can't just take it either since they will leave a sour taste on open-source community, which Microsoft has been actively supporting recently. I think they should find a name that is simple, catchy or maybe cooler. Just don't call that sounds like corporate like 365 OS or Azure OS (though this sounds cool though).
  • True, but CoreOS was acquired by Red Hat and is no longer actively being used. I’m sure Microsoft has bought the domain names from them already, and as you say, Microsoft is supporting open-source. We’ll see.
  • Microsoft already has an internal project called Windows Core OS. It is a fully stripped down version, the core of Windows, hence the name. The idea is that they can then add front-ends to use it for different things. One version for a future XBox another version for a foldable pocket tablet, etc.
  • No, keep it in-theme. So it's a more portable form of Windows... Call it Portholes!
  • Why not call it SurfOS or Surface OS. It sounds much better.
  • They are not releasing a Chrome browser. They are revising Edge to use the public domain Chromium engine. Google adopted the Chromium engine for their own browser and that's why they named it "Chrome." Google owns Chrome but not Chromium. Edge will remain Edge, but updated with a new engine. Please get it right. My own preference is "Fenestra."
  • Fenestra (fenestrae) means Windows. Hmmm. Has been tried before.
  • Chromium is a Google project. Make no mistake. From WikiPedia: "Chromium is Google's open-source web browser project. It is a fully functional browser on its own and supplies the vast majority of code for the Google Chrome browser." It remains to be seen how much of the Chrome code Microsoft uses. It may be that they just rip the Blink rendering engine plug it in to Edge. You'd hardly be able to tell if that was all they did. I am betting that they actually are going to include support for Chrome extensions. They'll have to change a lot to do that.
  • Microsoft has also said they plan on using the V8. JavaScript engine The new Microsoft browser is going to be like Vivaldi in the sense it is based entirely on Chromium.
  • I think that's the point of their Core OS initiative: it's a competitor to Chromebooks, since Google already has half the education market and their share is growing. This is the same reason why Apple made the poor attempt last year at an education-aimed iPad (because iOS is still overwhelmingly designed around consumption), and why Microsoft mistakenly believed throwing cheaper PCs and a fat stylus at the education market would work (it won't). Chromebooks are so prevalent in education because it's practically impossible to screw them up software-wise, they're super easy to administer, and there's no fear of OS updates that destroy user data.
  • Why? You can just download that on your own like you can on Android. People forget that you can do whatever you want on your machine if you just spend more than 5 minutes going around the setting or doing a web search for how to's
  • Beast lite 10... no taste piss water
  • “Windows blite 10” ... better name... or they could call it “winchronium 10”...
  • I think Microsoft wanted to use a similar name for their previous take on removing the Registry kernel...something like Vienna, but I'm not 100% sure. As for Skylight, that's bound to receive litigation similar to the name "SkyDrive" before. Aurora makes sense though.
  • yeah thinking the same. Sky News is likely to go after Microsoft again with anything that has the three letters contained in a word: s-k-y
  • That seems unlikely. SkyDrive was clearly a newly minted compound word with no previous associated meaning which as a result was shown to cause confusion among the public as to which company offered the service. The word skylight on the other hand has an established meaning already, so there's no reason to take part of that word and attribute it to the Sky Television Services.
  • I like Microsoft Edge OS. In reference to Azure and all edge devices connected to it.
  • The thing about that, is the users that this OS will be marketed to, would associate that name with Microsoft Edge browser, which is still being compared to IE (unfairly). I'm not against this as a name, but outside of users like us, I don't see that name working.
  • "Microsoft Edge browser, which is still being compared to IE (unfairly)." To be honest, Microsoft asked for these comparisons when they made Edge's icon look so utterly similar to IE's.
  • It was going to be compared to IE regardless, I don't think changing the logo would've really had any impact on that. But we'll never know now lol
  • They shouldn't have launched Edge with SO MANY features missing. It was always doomed. It was the Windows Phone of browsers: way behind the competition with too many missing features.
  • No, it was the logo. That was a dumb move on Microsoft's part. You can't build a brand new browser, use essentially the same logo and expect people to know it's a brand new browser. Just this week I had to instruct someone that they have not been using Internet Explorer for the last year or so, they've been using Edge.
  • One of my classmates thought that it was Internet Explorer till the last week until I pointed out to him that it's Microsoft Edge and has existed since 2015.
  • I still cannot use Edge for interaction with Australian government sites' forms so I have to use Google anyway. Ms is not seen, even by government, as being worth the candle and I am really peeved. With this example at the top of mind why does anyone here care what you call it if we can't use it?
  • You're welcome Next complaint?
  • That's more of a testament of how governments are still coding for specific browsers and are super slow to adopt and adapt. More governments actually still require IE, rather than Chrome.
  • Call it Panes.
  • Not bad, but the "pains" jokes would never end... :-)
  • "Wave" for the OS name. Or anything that makes someone think of looking out of a window to a pleasant view.
  • Not bad, but I still prefer Skylight. I believe they really hit on something with that and hope people at Microsoft are open to it. I'm afraid they'll call it "Windows COS" or something terrible like that. The best name they've had in years ("Cortana") didn't come from their marketing people, but I'm scared they won't let that happen again. :(
  • Sadly Skylight won't happen due to the legal action over Skydrive (the original name for OneDrive). BSkyB (Sky UK) in the UK took Microsoft to court over the use of Sky in the name, and eventually Microsoft had to drop it. Shame, I liked Skydrive!
  • Good point, and memory. You're right. 😒
  • And, how can a UK company take every form of "sky" from the world? The SkyDrive decision was insane.
  • Because the UK company already had a product named SkyDrive in the past, IIRC
  • Microsoft OS or something to do with Azure.
  • 99, 999 % of potential buyers have no perception of Azure. The name would be completely arbitrary to them...
  • I love the Name MicrosoftOS
  • How about Moonroof OS
  • Why wouldn't they continue with the One naming that they already have with OneDrive, OneNote, Xbox One etc. - One OS?
  • What about One OS 10S RT?
  • @ecafrus mate I dont think that names long enough lol
  • My money is on New Operating System w/ New Technologies version..uh.. 6.2.
    NOSNT 6.2
  • because its retarded?
  • Android sounded retarded too when it was first announced.
  • people could complain that One OS would not include Windows 7, 8, and 10. Best to not get people up in arms again.
  • It will be Microsoft Go OS. It will be pronounced Microsoft Goes. Story over.
  • That's funny because I could actually see that happening. :-)
  • They should name it something that more accurately reflects reality. Here are my top choices: 1. Windows RT Version 2.0
    2. Windows S Mode Fail Edition
    3. Windows Disaster
    4. Windows Steaming pile of ****
  • God Dan it, bleached!
  • That isn't me. I nominate Microsoft Edge OS Core Edition in Lite Mode RT+. Actually, I really like Skylight. I think that would be perfect.
  • For some reason I like the name Solar
  • A Microsoft OS outside the Windows family will be dead on arrival, IMO. Besides, comparing a dedicated browser OS with Windows 8 and 10S, which were the full Windows experience and a sandboxed version of the full Windows experience respectively, is a fallacy; this is a different kind of beast, and will be viewed as such, especially if MS finally get their marketing act together. As for a name... Light would work for me, but is perhaps a bit nondescriptive. They could go for Windows Web. Or Windows whatever-name-they-give-their-chromium-browser...
  • It is probably DoA no matter what, but at least it will start off with a clean slate if they completely separate it from the Windows brand. Like he said in the article, Windows brand brings expectations. Expectations it cannot meet.
  • Call it DoorsOS
  • Marketed by a virtual Jim Morrison... Not bad!
  • I would call it Windose, since it's just a little part of Windows. And for people who don't know what it is and got stuck with it, thinking it would runs legacy app, I would call it Windoh!, Winduh! or Windah!
  • I agree with you however isn't Windows lite supposed to be able to run Windows x86 apps through virtualization? That is a big feature that would benefit from having windows branding.
    In one hand a fresh start without all the windows expectations would be great but on the other hand not implying the ability to run windows apps could end up in a failed product.
  • They should not because that's like Apple doing the same with iOS running Mac apps in the future.
    This OS is a different thing and should be considered as such
  • Chrome OS isn't called Android, yet Chrome OS can run Android apps.
  • I literally enjoy only Zac's articles in this site nowadays. Straight on point, exactly what people want to read. No BS. Now on the article: If this new "lite" Windows OS has the same retarded architecture that MS came up with in terms of kernel, the registry insanity, file indexing, etc. then don't even bother releasing anything. Lite my *ss.
  • How about Windows 10 - Not So Buggy Version
    A new lighter OS made for those that are sick of bug fixes. Now that has a ring to it.
  • I hope they should name it something like this, but this OS is still buggy and will be till next two major updates.
  • Spectrum OS is the name Remember me, folks. Mark my words
  • But if you're wrong, you will fade into oblivion.
  • I will not fade. I will burn... Burns into oblivion!
  • He's already in oblivion, so what's he got to lose? :)
  • Just like Jesus
  • Spectrum is a cable business that was Time-Warner Cable.
  • Vista would've been a great name but they already used before :(
  • What about Tourista?
  • Aaah, Microsoft Barista the operating system for coffee addicts
  • They should call it Spartan OS.
  • They've already dropped 'Spartan browser' and named it EDGE later.
  • I'm pretty sure he knows that, which is why he wants to bring back the name.
  • They should call it skylight or Porthole... Something like that.
  • Just go ahead and integrate Blue Stacks into it so it can run Android apps, and enable the Linux subsystem right out of the box and call it: Winix. It would make all the Penquinistas heads explode.
  • But then we'd all be making fun of it and calling it Winx
  • Lady Gaga is going to provide the inspiration for them to Live on THE EDGE of Glory with EdgeOS
  • All in on Skylight! Great name.
  • Skydrive(now Onedrive) + Silverlight = Skylight.
  • I like it.
  • So Windows Lite runs a web-based experience, Windows services, and Windows Store apps. walks like Windows RT and it talks like Windows RT. Why is there no mention of that in the article??? Goodness - if Microsoft doesn't learn from that mess, they are just dumb and I love Windows! I actually loved our Surface RT and enjoyed Windows 8 and 8.1 on a desktop. The issue is, as the article mentions, other people are looking for certain features given Windows in the name. Why not just call it Edge OS? Chrome had success with that and people understand it runs Google Chrome and not a ton else. Edge OS would run Edge and not much else. Otherwise, release a new product line and use OS at the end of the name - Slate OS? Casual OS? Perfect for your Casual tablet...
  • Do you even read, sis? The last sentence in your 2nd paragraph shows me that you may, but you continued to write everything before and after that anyway.
  • Windows RT wasn't a browser-based OS...?
  • I don't think manus was asking. He was making a statement and questioning the first guy
  • It was the full Windows but compiled for ARM processor, it had desktop and even an ARM compiled version of full Office. So besides the desktop apps that came with it like Office and notepad, etc. you could only install apps from the store.
  • 8 and rt take too much flak
  • I favor just calling it "Core OS"
  • NO, This new OS experience is build on Core OS.
  • I this as being the "pure" form of Core OS, whereas a future legacy-supporting Windows would be Windows powered by Core OS.
  • So....Windows NT?
  • Skylight is a good name, but how would it be any different than SkyDrive? They may run into legal issues again.
  • Because Skylight is a commonly used word, they can't copyright the word Skylight
  • Unlike 'Windows'? Or 'Android'. Or 'Galaxy'. Or 'Apple'...
  • Thank you for this. You saved me from typing it
  • "Fenestra" is my own preference. Still a Windows theme but a new sound.
  • Just call it Windows OS to complete with Mac OS and Chrome OS. Simple and doesn't confuse anyone. If it's going to transform into the future OS and all apps eventually become PWA's, then just be done with numbers and other distinguishing names.
  • Well Skylight is good. But I'm not really liking it. My choice would be either Micro OS a short form derived from Microsoft OS also explaining the light in it. Or Surf OS dedicated to Surface division and the web surfing nature of the OS. 😀
  • I like both your ideas.
  • This "Windows Lite" endeavor will suffer the same fate as Windows RT, and Windows 10S. Why? Because it is fundamentally no different with regard to the approach they're taking. IMO, if Microsoft is going to be serious about a lightweight version of Windows then it'll take more effort than simply packaging Windows with a few switch settings and a new name. Stripping out all of the Enterprise-centric subsystems would be a helpful start. Microsoft won't do that because it would require significant testing... and they have neither the inclination nor the time to do it.
  • MS has already done that (stripping out all the Enterprise-centric subsystems.)
    It's called "Windows 10 Home".
    You can't join an Active Directory Domain, nor does it have shadow-copies, or Bitlocker encryption, or Group Polices, or Remote Desktop, or Hyper-V, or a multitude of other "Enterprise-Centric" functions.
  • Hence where Windows Core OS comes in. Windows RT and Windows 10 S both ran off of Windows NT which is over 20 years old at this point, "Skylight" will run off of Windows Core OS, which gets rid of those old legacy Windows 9x crap. Goodbye Windows Fax and Scan in other words. "Skylight" is fundamentally different than RT and S
  • No! Not Windows Fax and Scan! Anything but that!
  • A crap free "signature edition" of Windows 10 is what we need lite to be. No pre-loaded crap and choice of defaults we want to use, no telemetry, no useless services running in the background.
  • I think Microsoft 365 for consumers will be just that : Windows crap free and Office.
  • Please don't let this be windows rt all over again. But coreos would be a good name for sure
  • This kinda is Windows RT but with Win32 apps emulation now that I think about it 🤔 .
  • What is the goal of a the new OS? I'm on board if they rip out all the junk they added like UWP and all the .net confusing forks like standard, core etc. Then go with exactly one side by side framework call it .net 5 that supports as many platforms as possible including Windows 7, iOS and Android. I'm thinking it should be xamarin technology based with WPF, Silverlight and UWP feature, conversion and language support added in to make it appealing for developers to adopt. Someone should also tell Microsoft that forking sucks. Look what happened to their browser dominance when they forked to edge.
  • Doesn't that already exists, exactly?
  • What are you even going on about? The goal of the OS is to get rid of legacy stuff, yet you want what we already have in Windows 10.
  • You just described Windows 10 as it is now.
  • Every time I see your avatar I feel like you're avoiding eye contact.
  • MOS- -1/2/3/4 Mobile OS, after all it is suppoed to be for mobile devices?
  • What if they just called ot Andromeda OS and released a new device at the same time called something like, say Surface Andromeda...
  • Windows CE, Windows RT, Windows mobile, Windows S, Windows lite... they always fail
  • This is allot of fun: Microsoft Sash
    Microsoft Flanker
    Microsoft Double Hung
    Microsoft Muntins
    Microsoft Jalousie (better than Microsoft Slats)
    Microsoft Clerestory
    Microsoft Transom
    Microsoft Palladian There's always the faithful standby:
    Marcohard Doors
  • I don't think they should change the name. Windows "Lite" is Windows Core OS with new composable shells. And Windows Core OS, I think, is an extension of the OneCore effort to unify to a single OS, but now move towards modular components of the OS. So my understanding of Windows Core OS is that OEMs could pick which modules of Windows Core OS would be deployed onto the device. This would allow them to fit the constraints of the particular system. This would help with working with storage and power limitations and help with the expected type of apps the device would run. So Windows "Lite" is not an all new OS. It is an evolution of Windows 10 towards modularizing it. My understanding is that Win32 would be a module of Windows Core OS that could be removed for lite computing experiences. But if you needed Win32, you could add the Win32 module and would have something like what you have today for Windows 10. Microsoft have always had "editions" of Windows for different purposes (e.g. Server, Enterprise, Pro, Home, Mobile, etc.), but I think all this stuff should have just one name with clear delineation at to which modules your OS install has. It is unfortunate that people feel new branding is required to change expectations, but that is sort of a gimmick. Running Windows 10 on my 4GB/64GB Surface Go, which runs fantastic, I realize Windows 10 can be lean if you just don't install a bunch of crap that thinks it owns your system and can run a whole bunch of background stuff. Application developers are guilty of hording your computer resources. But alas, I tried to stay in S Mode with my little Go, but I just had to break out of it. I need a Zoom client that installs from the web as a Win32 installer. Surface Go is perfect for inking during meetings. I think it will be a hard sell to sell a full size computer that cannot run Win32. There is hope for smaller form factors to omit Win32 module. So I think they should continue to call it Windows 10, but get rid of the editions, and move toward delineating the modules deployed on a device. I think this is the safest way to go.
  • I just wanted to add, getting rid of editions and moving towards modules, it will be clear that Windows 10 is a unified OS. The modules will have versions and the expectation is that the same version module running on a Server is the same thing as the same version module running on a phone. It is one OS; just different ways to put it together.
  • Agree, I don't think is a good idea to remove the Win32 module. I mean people love Google Chrome to start off. LOL
  • Microsoft Core OS
    Microsoft Go OS
    Microsoft Fluent OS Skylight OS is Bad
  • Crux OS, to show is the essentials, or main part of what Windows is. The focus... But without flat out saying core os I also like Skylite instead of Skylight
  • That would be a terrible name!!!!!
  • Window screen OS
  • Something like Skylight (or, Skylite) would be good. Additionally, I think it would be better to not have the term "OS" in the name at all, as well. Since Microsoft is going for a new, fresh, faster, lighter, modern feel, adding OS brings with it much the same old school "computer baggage" that using the name Windows would.
  • Agree it's a bad a idea to have the windows name on it.
    Maybe name something friendly but still similar to what they offer. Craft OS (cr*p) so maybe not.
    Office OS?
  • I know call it Andromeda os
  • Windows Xp was to indicate "Windows Experience" Maybe they should make Windows thin Name
    "WinOs" this is a very Simple name Easy to remember or "MicOs" another simple easy to
    remember name.
    MicOs sounds better to me
  • Whatever name they change Windows "Thin" to- People will know it because Microsoft has to
    get a USA & International trademark for it'
  • MicOs. Apple lawsuit just around the corner... .
  • You could right unless they use "Mic-Os" nobody I think uses this
  • Skylight.... Skype.. Absolutely not. Perhaps "LuxOS" as in the Latin word for light.
  • wouldn't skylight have the same legal issues skydrive had?
  • Why not to call it just Windows and Windows Pro. That's it. Skyline? Seriously?
  • Because you buy Windows expecting Windows. If this new platform cannot is not fully capable, they should not call it Windows. RT already proved that point. It is like Ford releasing a new midsized car and naming it F150.
  • One thing is clear no matter the name, we want to download apps from the web and of course, bloatware free out of the box!
  • Windows is used internationally. I think something like 'Skylight' gives it too much of an 'English-only' feeling. Better to have a name, like 'Aurora'
  • I think Skylight is a great name, but with a slight change in spelling, "Skylite". I think all the reasons indicated in the article are great. The name is also indicative of what MS has for Windows Core OS. Following the theme of the article, skylights are also indicative of something natural. This means, MS has to make this new OS very intuitive and natural feeling. It should feel forced or have a high learning curve. It should be familiar, but different enough to make it stand out from anything they've done before. It's a lot, I know. But, MS never had an issue with coming up with good ideas, just implementing them.
  • Microsoft Luminous would be a good name for the Lite OS. I wouldn't mind Skylight becoming the new name of Edge browser in the process as well.
  • Whatever happened to Windows 10 being the last Windows? Why not just make each interation just... "Windows?" people are still confused as to why MS skipped W9 and the differences between Windows Home and Pro. MS is going to shoot themselves in the foot again I see.
  • Because it isn't Windows. This is something new and hopefully very different.
  • Yes it is Windows. It's built on Windows technology and Windows 10 will be able to run everything this OS does.
  • But it won't be able to run everything Windows 10 does, at least it shouldn't. All that legacy cruft needs to be removed.
  • I like what I think (at least what I hope it turns out to be) Microsoft has done in the last few years. They understood when they discontinued Windows mobile, that it should not be that there are different iterations of an OS serving a fragmented functionality / form factor set of devices. It should instead be that there is ONE OS (with "Mobile" component and Continuum built in systemwide) serving all those fragmented functionality / form factor set of devices. With the option to install whichever functionality(ies) is/are opted for by the User/Admin for whichever form factor they choose. WINDOWS IS ONE. My only reservation is that Microsoft may simply not execute this properly!
  • That idea was dropped years ago. They are no longer doing the One Windows thing.
  • Just calll it coreDumpOS adventures in the blue screen of death...
  • Baby windows os
  • I vote for “winblows 10.5”
  • Doors Os. Then you could have windows and doors together
  • Given how the new OS positions relative to Windows, phonetically, they should start with Windows, winnow it down, and add what is new in this OS. So I say they should call it WheeOS. Other versions of the same idea that might not go over so well include WindOS, or WeedOS. Mileage may vary
  • MS-COS - Microsoft Cloud OS.
  • Skylight is just asking for the same trouble that led to SkyDrive becoming OneDrive. And it's not about the name. Android didn't get huge because it was named Android. Although that is a nice name. Just call it Core OS.
  • How about something that clarifies it's goal? Microsoft Chromeos
  • I got it call it Git OS or Hub OS and make it totally open source on Git Hub. Tie the entire thing to the Microsoft store and bam.
  • Windows One, Windows Go.
  • They should repurpose the Continuum name from the Windows Phone days and call the lite OS, Microsoft Continuum and totally do away w/ the Windows branding and the history and expectations that come with it.
  • Maybe Aperture? Skylight?
  • How about Windows Go?
  • Surfer would be a good choice if it is not already used by another company's browser. It is exactly what people do on the web.
  • Call it Skylight (which is perfect). Then shell out big bucks to buy the rights to the SkyDrive name and rename OneDrive back to SkyDrive.
  • It will be part of the Microsoft 365 branding, and will come to be known simply as Microsoft 365 OS.
  • Except that Office is still a win32 app.
    This OS is not supposed to run win32.... So Microsoft 365 OS, that runs a different kind of Office 365 than Windows 10... Confusing. Unless of course they finish making Office 365 a UWP.
  • Except that UWP is dead. Even Microsoft has given up on it. The new Edge is Win32. This "new" version of Windows HAS to run Win32. If it doesn't, it will be DOA due to .......................................................................... wait for it ......................................................................................... App Gap.
  • I'm not sure Windows Lite, by any name, is a good idea. They might as well just admit straight off that they cannot compete with Chrome OS, and release a Chromium based lite OS that runs Chrome/Android apps. I hope I'm wrong, but I fear I'm not. I just don't see developers returning to UWP. Not after the way they've been treated the last 5 years.
  • That said... if they are bound and determined to embarrass themselves my vote is for Edge OS. Nadella loves to hear himself say pithy things like "Intelligent Edge". So if he's really into all that perhaps he should name the OS after the devices he wants to see burgeon. Also... when... not if... they scrap the whole thing for Chromium OS it won't come as a complete surprise, because thy did the same thing with their browser before it, and left its name Edge.
  • Pocket universe OS 10.5
  • How about Microsoft OS Fits in line with there current lineup with what there rolling out for both business and consumers Also bleached well done a comment with 100% negativity
  • OS One 😃
    I like the SkyLight OS name even Aurora sounds very good. :)
  • Microsoft's names really are bad. Even its own name is clunky and sounds like a double insult for a guy's penis. Microsoft anything has too many syllables compared to Google or Apple, it's old fashioned and they should have built out the MSN brand.
    If this new OS is not going to look anything like the existing Windows then absolutely, a new name is the right move. But they need to convey a lot with it. I remember telling a colleague to open Edge and she replied, 'oh the blue E?' No idea what it was called or that it was meant to be a brand new thing.
    A new OS doesn't arrive often and needs to make a statement. Andromeda OS sounds to close to Android so folk will think that it's a Google thing. Skylight is clever but says absolutely nothing to the consumer.
    My vote? Edge OS. Edge computing is a real thing and the word Edge doesn't have to only be for a browser. Chrome can be an OS and a browser and people now accept it but it's taken a while to convince them of what it's capable and that's the point. No matter what it ends up being called MS has to convince people, not throw it out there and hope that users will give it a chance like it's done with so many other products.
  • The Microsoft name harks back to a computing age that no longer exists. The name's fine though, it's a well known brand. I like Edge OS too. It hurts the ChromeOS brand though, people often just think it can only run Web Apps when it's more powerful these days and people don't consider most of our apps are web apps anyway.
  • I would call it "Microsoft Glass OS"
  • I think they should just call it windows.
  • Spartan. Not Spartan OS, or SOS...just Spartan. Short simple, to the point.
  • Well, it would be, if the average person actually knew what Spartan means.
  • I hate to be negative, but the fickle masses: Microsoft Curtains
  • While I agree with not calling it Windows, at least somewhat, I don't like Aurora or Skylight. They just sound...amateur. They also sound more like codenames than like OS's. The idea for something like Windows Lite is to be a foundation for new things. Therefore, you've already got the idea, you just waltzed past it: Core OS. It's clean, simple, and says exactly what it is: a new operating system for the core of your computing experience.
  • Don't think that's trademarkable...
  • Skylight. Love it.
  • Absolutely but Microsoft have always been very against not using the Windows name. Even when it's been obvious it will hurt sales. If for no other reason Windows to mahy means underpowered hardware with awful bespoke business apps.
  • Edge OS or Edge 365 :D. Not bad names though.
  • Anyone think that they might use one of their old trademarks ? This way they could have already came up with a name and have a way of hiding it. They have dozens of trademarks and many of them are not in use. They could do like they did with Surface which was first that coffee table like device and then became Tablets, Laptops and Desktop computers
  • Skylights aren't very pervasive in households, though. Most non-native speakers know what a window is. I can assure you many wouldn't know what a skylight is (they'd probably think it has something to do with the Northern Lights). So I think we should keep within the boundaries of known house entrances. But because Doors OS is too clumsy, I suggest we call it Microsoft Portal.