New rumored Windows 10 SKU takes aim at the Cloud and lightweight devices
A new report from Petri published today claims that Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 SKU that is being internally referred to as Cloud Shell. Although details are still pretty scarce, it sounds like Microsoft is building a new edition of Windows 10 for lightweight devices, similar to the Surface RT.
Windows Central understands that internally, Microsoft does have a new Windows 10 SKU in the works called Windows 10 Cloud, and with this new report referring to a "Cloud Shell", we're hearing the two are likely related. We're told Cloud Shell is separate from CShell, Microsoft's upcoming modular shell for Windows 10.
In fact, a lightweight version of Windows 10 would actually make sense now that full Windows 10 is coming to ARM. With CShell in the works, many have been wondering where that leaves Windows 10 Mobile now that Windows 10 on ARM is a thing. Jumping into speculation territory, but Windows 10 Cloud could end up simply being Windows 10 Mobile but for lightweight laptops and tablets, running UWP only and being fast with low-specs, powered by CShell.
Internally however, at least for now, Microsoft's Cloud SKU is based on the normal desktop variation of Windows 10. This suggests the Cloud SKU may be more for lightweight full Windows 10 ARM devices.
What if Windows 10 Mobile ends up being Windows 10 Cloud with CShell modularity and a full desktop environment? I'm down for that.What if Windows 10 Mobile ends up being Windows 10 Cloud with CShell modularity and a full desktop environment? I'm down for that.— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) 26 January 201726 January 2017
It's said that Windows 10 Cloud will show up at some point in 2017 (we're hearing RS3). Once that arrives, Windows 10 Mobile, in theory, could be used as a viable lightweight desktop OS replacement, as the desktop continuum experience will look and act almost identically to a normal Windows 10 desktop machine. Stay tuned at Windows Central for more.
Updated January 26th 2017 12:19 PM ET
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But the idea of a very light-weight version of Windows built for Chromebook/Phone-like devices? I'm up for that.
Hopefully W10C will have more offline ability than ChromeOS...
Well it should, being based off of a full-on OS than simply a "glorified browser" (My school district really likes CBs. And I can testify that it is truly a Glorified Browser.)
If it's UWP only then there's nothing interesting in it for me. Then W10M is a better OS as-is in my eyes.
Cloud Shell could be a multitasking environment and launcher for Windows IoT (which currently lacks any shell UI).
It could be a simplified tablet-mode-only shell for ARM tablet.
It could be a cloud-apps-centric shell taking advantage of the AppV integration to have a standard foundation to only stream AppV apps without locally-installed apps, simplifying enterprise VDI. Thing is, I happen to agree that the full shell is too complex for some users and a no-overlapping-windows and simplified shell might be just what we need to bring UWP to the masses. But I wish we could have that as a per-user setting, not separate SKU.
1) Low spec ARM devices
2) Could tie in with Cortana Voice Interface, Autonomous(AI) Cloud Computing.
3) Is a good business opportunity in consumer space. Although if it arrives as a subscription service, it will negate the whole point of low spec ARM that is to bring affordable devices to the masses. And masses won't benefit from it if they have to pay additional charges to take advantage of high end computing through cloud. *Fingers crossed* Really exciting times ahead for Microsoft.