Microsoft wants and needs Windows to dominate as many mobile sectors of computing as possible. That includes the very low end where Chromebooks exist right up to the high end of the MacBook Pro $1,699.00 at Amazon.
And it looks as though the low end is going to be catered for with a new version of Microsoft’s operating system called Windows 10 Cloud.
We don’t know exactly what Windows 10 Cloud is yet, and Microsoft is taking the line that “we have nothing to share.”
But ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley believes, based on her sources, that it’s a new version of Windows 10 restricted to only running Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps.
Windows 10 Cloud could remove the license fee, meaning $200 laptops can ship with a larger display or more RAM. Or we could get the same products $20-$30 cheaper.
In return, end users will have to deal with restrictions, for example, you may not be able to change the search engine away from Bing.