Microsoft has been working on Windows CoreOS for a good amount of time and we have heard a lot about it but haven’t seen any solid evidence of Microsoft’s ‘modern OS’. This might, however, change as the latest Windows 10 SDK comes with a product reference that we haven’t heard before.
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Windows Lite is supposed to be the next generation ‘modern OS’ that will go head-on with ChromeOS. Microsoft hasn’t been good with the stripped down version of Windows till now but things might change moving forward. According to Microsoft watcher Brad Sams, Windows Lite will be a stripped down version just like Windows 10 S but will come with restrictions in place and can’t be upgraded to a full-fledged Windows 10 OS. This will help both companies as well as the education sector to restrict apps to minimum essentials. Add Qualcomm to the mix and we might finally get the perfect lightweight system that can run basic apps without issues.
Not only that, with Windows Lite in place, UWP and PWA apps will get the attention they desperately need. The timelines or any other details on Windows Lite are blurry right now but do expect an announcement during Build 2019. Microsoft is also working on several Surface devices as well as the long rumoured Andromeda device so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if we see a low-end Surface device sporting Qualcomm chipset and Windows Lite.