Windows Lite Targets Chromebooks

Windows Lite Targets Chromebooks
A new streamlined version of Windows will compete with ChromeOS and other lightweight operating systems.

(CCM) — Microsoft is developing a stripped-down version of Windows which will be targeted at Chromebook competitors and new dual-screen devices, according to a report in The Verge.

The new operating system, codenamed "Windows Lite," will sport an interface which is similar to the current Windows 10 interface, but with more limited functionality, according to the report.

The operating system itself will also have more limited functionality, presenting an alternative to Microsoft's Windows 10 with S Mode, which is restricted to running apps downloaded from the Microsoft Store. The company is expected to add functionality to Windows Lite over time, the report adds.

In the short term Microsoft hopes to use Windows Lite to power dual-screen laptops or foldable notebook-style computers, but further out the company will use it to compete with Google's ChromeOS to power lightweight devices which use cloud-based apps and offer very long battery life.

Microsoft has not yet revealed when Windows Lite will ship or what its final name will be, but the report suggests that more details will be provided at the company's Build conference which will be held in Seattle in May 2019.

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