An early build of Windows 10 Cloud appeared online last week, which gave us a sneak peak at the upcoming Windows 10 SKU. Recent reports regarding Windows 10 Cloud states that the SKU is expected to be a lightweight version of Windows 10that will only allow them to run apps and games from the Windows Store. Earlier this week, we reported that Windows 10 Cloud might be upgradeable to a different SKU which will give users more powerful features and the ability to run Win32 apps.
And as it seems like, you will indeed be able to upgrade Windows 10 Cloud to Windows 10 Pro. As you can see in the GIF below, Windows 10 Cloud now has a new warning when users try to install Win32 apps. However, the dialog now states that users can install the Win32 app by clicking on the “See how” link which takes them to the Windows Store where they can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro:
Being able to upgrade Windows 10 Cloud to Windows 10 Pro will certainly be quite interesting as it will be a key selling point for Microsoft. For example, the company’s OEM partners may release cheap Windows 10 Cloud devices to compete with Google’s Chromebooks — as a result, users will only be able to run apps from the Windows Store. However, if they want to be able to run classic desktop apps and get access to powerful features, they could be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro which will also let Microsoft generate more revenue from devices running Windows 10 Cloud.
It isn’t clear how much Microsoft will charge Windows 10 Cloud for the Windows 10 Pro Upgrade, and we also aren’t sure if the company will let users upgrade to a different SKU of Windows 10 other than Pro.