Ever since Satya Nadella has taken over the reins of Microsoft, Cloud is the keyword and in a major clue at what the software giant is up to in this regards, a new leak allegedly of Windows 10 Cloud based operating system has blown the lid off of the possible features we may seen once the operating system is released.
Windows 10 Cloud is being touted as a simplified and cheaper version of Windows. The operating system was spotted in late January and now new screenshots have surfaced on the web that claim to show bits and pieces of Windows 10 Cloud as it was during its early builds. The leaked screenshots indicate that the platform will only allow users to run Universal Windows Platform apps from the Windows Store.
MSPowerUser gained access to a leaked early build of Windows 10 Cloud. The ISO file containing the Windows 10 Cloud was leaked by Twitter user @rgadguard. The publication notes says Windows 10 Cloud does not allow users to install even those Win32 apps that have are available on Windows Store through Microsoft’s own Desktop App Converter.
The publication tried installing Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, which is a Win32 app, but the Windows 10 Cloud showed up an alert that said the app was not designed for this version of Windows. Further, the dialog box said “This version [Windows 10 Cloud] was made to help protect you and your device by exclusively running Windows Store apps,” as can be seen from the screenshot below.
As this is an early build, there is no conclusive proof that Microsoft will not allow the Win32 apps downloaded from Windows Store to run on the platform. We will have to wait for the official launch of the platform to see if the Redmond-based company keeps the things same as they appear as of now.
Windows 10 Cloud is being seen as Microsoft’s tool for competing with Chromebooks, which overtook Mac for the first time in terms of shipments in the US last year. The integration of Android apps and the Google Play store to the platform has further added utility to the affordable mobile devices.