Windows Lite OS, the “light” operating system from Microsoft for low-end devices, could be released this year according to the latest network rumors. With Windows Lite OS, the Redmond giant wants to bet, without going on nj online casinos, on that part of the market where previous attempts have proved to be truly unsuccessful, think for example of Windows RT and Windows 10 S. According to what has emerged in these hours, Windows Lite OS appears as a platform created to support both UWP and PWA applications, installed through Microsoft Store, both on ARM and x86 devices.
Microsoft will not be retailing Windows Lite licenses so, in order to use it, you will need to buy a new laptop that integrates it (the same thing happens with Chrome OS today). This specific lite version of Windows is likely to be unveiled at the Build Developer Conference in May, with the aim of starting the first phase of testing in the summer. According to the source of the leaks, Windows Lite should maintain some “representative” features of the operating system such as “File Explorer” and support for some of the main applications running from Windows.
Therefore, Windows 10 “lite” will be lighter and easier to use. At the moment, in fact, there seems to be the possibility to use only applications available in the Microsoft store and there is still no support for running Win32 programs (the typical downloadable .exe files). Microsoft is studying a way to integrate the latter, maybe limiting their integration with the operating system as it happens on Chrome OS. All this in order to ensure device security and to deliver a lighter operating system, which, as written, is intended for low-end hardware.
The project currently has a code name in Microsoft offices and is internally called Santorini. For the most curious among you, Santorini is the name of one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea in Greece, Europe. It is not the first time, however, that Microsoft uses this name for its projects. In the past, in fact, Microsoft Garage had launched Project Santorini, an app dedicated to photos.
Windows Lite will be based on Windows Core, a modular version of the operating system that will be housed within several products such as the Surface Hub 2X and perhaps even within the future second generation of HoloLens. Windows Lite, however, is also designed for Centaurus, a folding device with a dual screen and for Pegasus, a product very similar to ordinary laptops and convertibles found on the market today.
Microsoft is, therefore, embarking on a new challenge that certainly won’t be easy even for a multinational giant. Except for the above mentioned RT and 10S, we didn’t forget what happened with Windows Phone devices. The investment from the company founded by Bill Gates was also huge with the acquisition of the Finnish Nokia but the Redmond-based company never managed to shake the duopoly formed by Android and iOS. In a few months, we’ll find out if Windows Lite OS will have a different fate from its unfortunate predecessor.
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