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Massive Microsoft Leaks Reveal ‘All New’ Windows Version

In operating system terms Windows 10 remains a baby at just 18 months, but massive leaks have revealed Microsoft MSFT +0.85% is working on a brand new Windows platform and it is unlike anything we have seen before…

Dubbed ‘Windows Cloud’, the references to the mysterious operating system first broke last week via code references in a new beta for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft immediately told CNet “We have nothing to share”, but now the floodgates have opened.

Today Windows Blog Italia obtained screenshots of the operating system and Microsoft enthusiast site has subsequently one-upped them by getting its hands on an actual build of Windows Cloud for a test drive.

So what is Windows Cloud?

In a nutshell: a stripped down version of Windows 10 designed only to run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps – aka apps designed to run on both desktop and mobile devices. Any attempt to run standard desktop programs on Windows Cloud results in the warning message: “The app you’re trying to run isn’t designed for this version of Windows”.

Surprisingly, even Centennial apps don’t work right now – though that will probably change.

As for the ‘Cloud’ reference in the name? At present it makes little sense. The operating system is not 100% Cloud based like Google’s Chrome OS so it’s either just a cool buzzword Microsoft wants to use given its well stated “Cloud first” strategy or a reference to the platform being incredibly light weight – a stretch, I admit.

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