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Tale of the tape shows how Windows 10 Cloud could KO Chromebooks


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At an education-themed event on May 2, Microsoft is expected to reveal Windows 10 Cloud - a lightweight OS to rival formidable Google’s Chrome OS and Chromebook combo.

It’s also thought we’ll get a glimpse at the first devices to run Windows 10 Cloud; so perhaps a low-cost Surface laptop or some affordable notebooks from partner OEMs?

Now, a leaked internal document obtained by Windows Central (below), seems to prove Microsoft is hoping to match Chromebook in a number of important areas.

W10 Cloud

When running the recommended minimum specs, Microsoft is targeting the same all-day battery life (10+ hours) and wake from sleep in under 2 seconds offered by Chromebooks.

From a cold boot, Microsoft is hoping to get within 5 seconds of the Chromebook start-up and initial sign-in times of of 15 and 10 seconds respectively

Speaking of those minimum specs for the so-called CloudBooks, here they are:

  • Quad-core (Celeron or better) processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage (64GB for 64-bit)
  • A battery larger than 40 WHr
  • Fast eMMC or solid state drive (SSD) for storage technology
  • Pen and touch (optional)
Windows Central also speculates the software will be called Windows 10 S when it arrives on May 2. We'll bring you all the news from the event as soon as it becomes available.

Will Windows 10 reclaim the student market from Chrome OS? Let us know in the comments section below.


April 22, 2017, 9:45 am

Last time Microsoft tried to float two different OSs differentiated only by suffixes to the name of the prevailing desktop Windows OS it created market confusion and ended badly.


April 22, 2017, 1:05 pm

Aiming pretty low there - not even trying to beat ChromeOS.


April 24, 2017, 6:20 pm

I seem to remember similar scare stories on how MS mobile would wipe out Android.

Lets see, keywords are 'Hoping', 'Aiming', 'Targeting' but no actual hardware or software in place - just hype. What will be the O/S entry fee or will it be free ? What software restrictions - everything on subscription ?, forced to use Edge !? Tied in to MS infrastructure ? If it runs like a dog, who's going to write software for it. Will users put up with all the restrictions? It seems to me that there's a lot of unanswered questions which need addressing before MS will threaten Chromebooks - not least of all will be price.

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