Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud to Take On Google Chrome : Way to Go Putting Windows Store At the Forefront

Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud

When Microsoft launched the Windows 10, it had the projected target of putting it on one billion devices running the OS.

The Windows 10 Cloud is a simplified version of the Windows 10 and is targeted to compete with the Google Chrome. The idea is to sell cheap desktops coming with a simpler version of the earlier Windows 10, the Windows 10 Cloud, so that it can offer a direct competition to the Google Chrome operating system.

Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud

Unannounced Version

ZDNet had earlier published a report this week regarding the Windows 10 Cloud, seen in the latest test builds of the Windows Insider. The report claims that the unannounced Windows 10 Cloud is a simpler version of the earlier Microsoft Windows 10. It will run only the UWP apps or the Universal Windows Platform available in the Windows Store. This means that if a user makes use of the Windows 10 Cloud on his or her desktop, he or she cannot install apps from somewhere else.

Screenshots Published

WindowsBlogItalia is an Italian blog that has recently published the screenshots of the as yet unannounced Windows 10 Cloud. The two screenshots show that the reported Windows 10 Cloud is similar to the normal version of the Windows 10. However, it is claimed that the new Windows 10 Cloud is a simplified version of the original Windows 10. This means that the simplification has more to do with the place from which the applications can be installed.

Windows 10 Cloud

Installing Apps

The blog has attempted an installation of the VLC player that was downloaded from the VLC website. However, when attempting to do so, an error message can be seen on the screen ( first image ) stating that “This version of Windows was made to help protect you and your device by exclusively running Windows Store apps.”

Not Yet Ready

However, the above-mentioned unannounced Windows 10 Cloud is not yet ready for a release. Applications like Slack and the Evernote seem to be working well when downloaded from Windows Store, but the built in apps, namely Notepad or Paint, do not work well. If the new software, Windows 10 Cloud, is going to control where the user installs his applications from, it seems to be a little unfair, but the claim made is that it is better for the security of the system.


‘Cloud’ a Misnomer?

Another issue with the Windows 10 Cloud seems to be the word ‘Cloud’ in the name of the new OS. Chrome operating system depends on apps or services that are cloud based. However, according to ZDNet, the unannounced Windows 10 Cloud does not seem to have any connection to the cloud. This makes it seem that the word ‘cloud’ used in the name is merely to put it in direct competition with the Chrome OS or Chromebooks. It could be used to inform the user that the devices with the new Windows 10 Cloud will not offer the complete Windows 10 user experience.

Again, it is possible that Microsoft is looking for a way to bring the Windows Store to the forefront of desktops and the upcoming Windows 10 Cloud could be the best way to do this.

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