BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Microsoft continues the strategy against Google and Chromebooks by releasing Windows Cloud (or Windows 10 Cloud, since it is strikingly similar to Windows 10). The new OS shows some interesting features.
So far, as a method to combat the price advantage of Google and Chromebooks, Microsoft has released low-cost laptops. Now, they appear to apply the same strategy to the operating system. The new Windows Cloud is a sort of Windows 10 with a twist that is trying to challenge Google’s Chrome OS.
As mentioned before, Windows Cloud behaves similarly to Windows 10. However, it does an interesting and unexpected thing. Rather that explaining what it does, it would surprise all users with what it does not do, namely, it doesn’t run typical apps for Windows.
At the moment, Windows Cloud can only run apps from Universal Windows Platform that are to be found in Windows Store. If you try to run anything else, you will be warned that it is not possible. This is probably a response to the lack of native apps on Chrome OS which many regard as more secure and is preferred in schools.
Thus, teachers may opt for a Windows device if they are assured that kids can, under no circumstance, install a forbidden game or infect the PC with malware. However, Windows’ Centennial bridge may work, but it is still not clear if these apps are compatible with the Cloud OS. This Centennial bridge brings the typical Win32 apps in Windows Store.
As to the release date, Microsoft has not offered an official statement yet. Some Windows Insider preview releases mention the OS, though. This suggests that Microsoft probably intend to release Cloud quite soon. Thus, they may release it at the same time with Windows 10’s Creator Update this spring.
If this is true, this would be a perfect time if they want to attract schools. They usually make their budgets for their tech equipment several months before classes start, so this is the perfect opportunity to make school give up Google equipment and choose Windows Cloud PCs. They must have their products available on the market as soon as possible.
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