If I were responsible for Microsoft, in addition to fully adopting Linux for the desktop, I would give up trying to challenge Google's Chromebooks with lighter versions of Windows. It did not work before, and it will not work anymore.
But I am not responsible for Windows. Indeed, since Terry Myerson opened the door in March 2018, Nobody in the mahogany row of Microsoft represented Windows. This lack of leadership may be the reason why Windows quality assurance has reached new lows with the Windows 10 October 2018 update.
Whatever it is, Windows Lite, the Windows based operating system (WCOS), will be released in 2019, according to the rumor factory. I do not think you can buy it. Instead, you will get Windows Lite, like Windows RT and 10 S before, prepackaged on dedicated laptops.
I guess, but I do not know, that Lite will make its first appearance at Microsoft Build 2019. When Microsoft Build? There is no date yet, but the story suggests April or May.
Until then, there are a lot of riddles. It seems that Windows Lite is built on OneCore, which is the heart of Windows 10. However, OneCore, like the Linux kernel, is only the base of a system. full exploitation. According to the theory, Microsoft can create various platforms, some of which do not look like Windows at all.
In fact, before Myerson left the scene, the plan was to release several OneCore devices., as a Surface Pro 6, in 2019, and HoloLens and the next-generation Xbox, Scarlett, in 2020. We are now quite certain that Windows Lite will use OneCore as a foundation.
How will Windows Lite look like Windows 10? Not much at all. According to Brad Sams, who covers Windows Lite like painting on a wall, Windows Lite will only run Progressive Web Applications (PWA) and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications.
If this is the plan of Microsoft, it poses two big problems immediately. First of all, the inability to run normal 32-bit Windows applications is one of the things that killed Windows RT and left Windows 10 S looking for users.
Second, what do you call a Microsoft operating system that can not run Windows programs? Darned if I know, but Microsoft would do better not to call it Windows. Does he really want to make the same trademark error three times in a row?
We will see.
On the other hand, let's say it's not called Windows. Would people buy it? I doubt it.
Chrome OS is the only new desktop operating system to have found a large audience for decades. I have a hard time believing that a "Windows" other than Windows can repeat its success.
Chrome OS works because it uses the usual Chrome web browser as an interface to Google's popular cloud services. Windows Lite is far too late for cloud computing to succeed in this way. Its other features seem to me to be a simple repetition of the failures of Windows RT and S.
Companies will want Windows 10 with all the finishes, not a reduced and reduced Windows version. Ordinary users will not want to learn another new interface to do the same job.
In short, I do not understand. If Windows Lite is a good business reason, I have not seen it yet. And you?