Microsoft is reportedly working on a lighter version of Windows 10 that will cater to low-end PCs. The OS will be called Windows Lite and will also be made available for a new breed of devices with two screens including foldable ones.
The Verge reported that the new Windows Lite will be compatible with dual-screen laptops and may even support foldable phones. The company is in the process of developing Composable Shell (C-Shell) and Windows Core OS, which will be a more modular version of Windows Shell that runs on the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft recently launched the second-generation of its Mixed Reality headset, the HoloLens 2, which comes with the C-shell.
The Verge reported that Windows Lite will have the same look and feel to it as Windows 10 but will have fewer features comparatively. Previous reports have hinted at the OS’s ability to run apps from the Microsoft Store and progressive web apps (PWAs), which is quite similar to Chrome OS.
The lighter OS from Windows is expected to be aimed at new dual-screen laptops but it will also target the future low-end PCs which will compete with Google’s Chromebooks. Codenames like ‘Centaurus’ and ‘Pegasus’ have already appeared online.
Dual-screen laptops can technically not be put in line with foldable devices, nevertheless, Windows Lite compatibility with dual screen devices hints at the long-awaited Andromeda, Microsoft’s foldable phone.
There have been various reports and rumors that Microsoft will launch its foldable device later this year. The device is expected to run on a new version of Windows, which now appears to be Windows 10 Lite.
Microsoft will announce its Windows Lite at Build 2019 developer conference which is scheduled to start on May 6. The company has been working on optimizing Artificial Intelligence for smartphones as well and is expected to reveal other projects at the event including Azure cloud, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.