At the foundation, Windows 10 Lite OS appears to be a version of Windows 10 with many missing items, the whole interface being rethought for a simplified workflow.
The first information about it suggests that the interface will be similar to Chrome OS, which is better oriented for laptops rather than tablets, as demonstrated by the launch of Pixel Slate tablet.
New information about this elusive OS pops up almost every day. For example, there is one interesting Windows Multi-Control feature available on GitHub that mentions Windows Lite in its core code.
Now that Windows 10 runs smoothly on ARM architecture, Lite OS will be built from the beginning with support for such processors without limiting x86-based devices (such as Intel’s Core M processors).
The plan is that in time it will also provide support for running Win32 applications in .EXE format,
The Settings menu will reportedly look similar to Windows 10’s. It will be targeted to those who do not need a complex operating system, offering all sorts of network and other background features that could make it more difficult to use and increase resource consumption.
Windows Lite is for casual users, people that do not need so much diversity and complexity but a smooth and user-friendly experience.
If you’re using your computer to check email, write essays, make Powerpoint presentations, enjoy your favourite playlist, watch Netflix on Sunday night, and browse Reddit, then Windows Lite is the best option for you.
So, Windows Lite promises a simple, user-friendly design running only approved apps from a store, much like the Apple’s operating system. That is promising in theory, but in order to make it practical, Microsoft needs to develop Windows Lite on a few key strengths.
What features should Windows Lite have?
First, this new operating system should work well in terms of speed but also battery consumption.
Secondly, aesthetics cannot be left behind. Performance, stability and design together define the user experience of any new OS. As good as the Windows Lite idea may seem, this project can be compromised by a poor execution in which a friendly user interface and well-designed interactions are left by the wayside.
Lastly, Microsoft should also have in mind that their new operating system also needs new hardware because the current tech’s experimentation phase is looking for the next major form of computing.
More reports have paired Windows Lite with a foldable device which is quite intriguing, if perhaps a bit muddied. Microsoft needs some compelling message behind its new design, perhaps drawing on its mission to be “the productivity company.”
Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the development of any new operating system but if the rumors and speculation are to be believed, more details in the regards could be shared in early May at the BUILD conference which will be held in Seattle, USA.