Microsoft's May Event Could Focus On Windows 10 Cloud

Posted: Apr 12 2017, 5:12am CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

Microsoft's May Spring Hardware Event Could Focus on Windows 10 Cloud

Windows 10 Cloud tipped for cheap devices that compete with Chromebooks

We know that Microsoft has a spring hardware event planned and the assumption was that at the event we might see a new Surface Pro 5 unveiled. Rumors suggest that tablet will have a mild update to include new hardware like Intel Kaby Lake processors, but not much else.

A new rumor is making the rounds today that suggests that the spring event might in fact focus more on a new version of Windows 10 than hardware. The new Windows version is called Windows 10 Cloud according to The Verge. Rumors about Windows 10 Cloud first surfaced back in January when early copies turned up. The OS is a simplified version of Windows 10 that will run Universal apps from the Windows Store.

Cloud is expected to be a low cost Windows flavor and to compete with Chrome OS. Word is that Cloud might even be free, Microsoft could potentially make money back off app sales. A free or very low cost flavor of Windows could allow notebook and tablet makers to build devices at a low enough cost to compete directly against the Chromebooks that have become popular.

Rumors still claim that a new Surface tablet would be unveiled at the event, but there is no clear indication if it will be the Surface Pro 5. My money says that if the event will focus significantly on Windows 10 Cloud, the hardware unveiled at the event would have to be meant to run that operating system, which would mean no high-end tablets. There are some hints that a separate event in May might happen to unveil the new Surface Book 2.

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