Microsoft Working on Windows ‘Lite’ to take on Google Chrome OS
Further, the report says, Lite is only designed to run progressive web apps, and universal Windows Platform apps, which means you can use the Microsoft Store and web apps on the operating system (OS).
Microsoft is boldly leaving out enterprise and any business use case, and Petri says you might not even be able to buy a copy of Lite, as you could in other versions of Windows.
“The goal of Windows Lite is to make it super lightweight, instant on, always connected and it can run on any CPU.”
The timing of this news id peculiar as Qualcomm has officially unveiled the Snapdragon 855, which we know will be able to run Windows significantly better than the 835 or 850 and it will also power more efficiently. With an OS and applications tailored for an environment, we will expect Windows Lite to be a snappy experience.
The question now always remain whether OEMs would be enthusiastic about yet another attempt by Microsoft to create a light version of Windows. It may already have planned amazing new hardware to show off its potential, as hinted by rumours about Andromeda and foldable Surface PCs.
There are no guarantees of success, Android support on Chrome OS has brought in a lot of success for manufacturers especially in markets in developing countries such as India and the education sector. Both of these will be critical targets for Microsoft too, given that these are real growth areas for the PC industry.