Over the past couple of days, rumors about a new, lightweight version of Windows 10 have made the rounds on the internet. The beta build of the rumored Windows 10 Cloud began to appear though it was hard to confirm it. Now, fresh screenshots have surfaced online seemingly verifying what many previously thought to be a myth.
The leaked screenshots look to be locked to the Windows Store in the same way that Microsoft locked down Windows RT and Windows 8.1 with the Bing version of Windows. Locking down Windows Cloud makes sense as it aims to prevent users from installing non-Windows Store apps for security purposes. However, the downside is that Universal Windows Platform and Windows Store apps for Windows 10 could be less stable.
The folks over at Windows Blog Italia, which first reported the leak, had the chance to test the first build of Windows 10 Cloud. According to the site, the current version of Windows 10 Cloud seems to be running only Windows Store apps at the moment.
Windows Store apps developed using Microsoft’s Centennial Desktop bridge can also run the current build of the Windows 10 Cloud. The bridge lets developers migrate their Win32 apps to the Windows Store.
Reports also claim that despite its name, Windows 10 Cloud does not have much to do with the cloud. Rumor has it that a lightweight Windows version would run only UWP apps. Over the long term, Microsoft intends for Windows 10 Cloud to challenge Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebook devices.
Windows 10 Cloud is also available to download as an ISO file thanks to Twitter user @adguard. Keep in mind, though, that you must install the file in a bootable USB drive or a virtual machine as a precautionary measure.
It remains unclear when Microsoft will officially unveil the Windows 10 Cloud. Some tech pundits pin down the launch date on the same day the Windows 10 Creators Update will receive a formal introduction.
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