With details of Windows 10 Cloud emerging recently there are reports that we could see a low-priced Surface Pro 5 powered by the new minimum specification Windows 10 soon.
Thanks to Windows Central we have come across information about the recommended minimum specifications that the hardware should feature to run Windows 10 Cloud. Microsoft reportedly circulated this document to its partners wherein it has mentioned that hardware should feature a quad-core Intel processor, should have extensive battery and should be capable of quickly booting and awaking from sleep.
Some of the specifications mentioned by Microsoft in the document are 10-plus hours of battery life, cold-boot times of 20 seconds and resume times of under 2 seconds, at least a quad-core chip, 4GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of eMMC or SSD storage. Microsoft has listed pen and touchscreen capabilities as “optional”.
While reports are indicating that Microsoft’s May 2 event may see unveil of education oriented services, hardware and possibly Windows 10 Cloud, there is a strong possibility that we may see a low-end Surface Pro 5 powered by Windows 10 – possibly when Surface Pro 5 tablets are released later this year.
Windows 10 Cloud is most likely being launched as a competitor to Google Chrome OS that has already made a name for itself in the education niche. It wasn’t a long shot to assume that Microsoft is to reveal details of Chromebook competitor considering the theme of event on May 2 is education. Microsoft has almost always dominated the consumer and enterprise computing market – and lately the two-in-one market with its Surface Pro range of tablets [Surface Pro 4 prices reduced by up to 27%] – but has never been really that strong in the education niche.
That’s something that Google exploited through its Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks thereby garnering a huge fanfare in the education sector. Microsoft seems to have realized that education holds a massive potential considering there are very few competitors. Releasing a full-fledged Windows 10 powered device doesn’t make sense for the education segment as the device will become expensive as well as bulky.
The way out then is a cloud powered OS – Windows 10 Cloud in this case that is not only simple to use and manage, but also versatile and apt for students and teachers alike. Windows 10 Cloud will likely contain on the essential features required by students and teachers. The OS will not allow users to install non-Windows Store apps and this effectively will enable Microsoft to keep close control over the quality of the apps being released for Windows 10 Cloud.
If Surface Pro 5 wait is getting unbearable, the best thing that you can do is head over to Amazon and buy a Surface Pro 4 at huge discounts.