Windows 10 Cloud spotted in the latest Windows 10 build

Edward Hudson By: Edward Hudson
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The Windows 10 build 15019 contains more secrets than we previously thought, including references to Windows 10 Cloud. More specifically, three versions of the operating system, called Cloud OEM, Cloud Retail, and CloudN.

Using a tool called the Product Key Configuration Reader, Insiders uncovered the references to the Windows 10 Cloud SKUs. The report speculates that Microsoft could be considering announcing a new SKU of Windows sometime in the near future.

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For starters, the N versions of Windows are iterations of the operating system that roll out without Windows Media Player. This edition ships to Europe and South Korea, both of which require the N designation in those versions.

With a retail version of the SKU found in build 15019, it is possible that Windows 10 Cloud will also be available for purchase in addition to preloaded Windows 10 Cloud in purchased computers. That means opportunities exist for users of other platforms to take advantage of Windows 10 Cloud as well.

Nothing is certain at the moment. For now, we can only expect Microsoft to reveal more details about the SKUs at its upcoming Build conference in May.

Microsoft has been looking to release a cheaper version of Windows 10 in a bid to appeal to PC manufacturers. The Windows 10 Cloud initiative, if it materializes, would provide a way to build hardware at a lower cost. Google’s Chromebooks currently dominate the low-end PC market. Could Microsoft be targeting the search giant’s offering with the rumored Windows 10 Cloud? Share your thoughts.

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