Microsoft's docs confirms rumored Windows 10 Cloud; Chrome OS alternative

Earlier in the year, it was rumored that Microsoft is experimenting with a purported low-cost version of its hugely popular Windows operating system, and to be known as Windows 10 Cloud, with references appearing in recent Windows 10 test builds.

Now, there's a leaked document detailing the hardware specs for Windows 10 Cloud-powered laptops from Microsoft, which appears to be the best evidence on its plan to launch a Chromebook competitor.

The spec document obtained by Windows Central detailed “recommended minimum spec” for the supposed Chromebook-killer presumably handed out to Microsoft’s partners.

Some of the note worthy lines in the docs include reference to: "Cloudbooks" (dubbed “Edu Cloud device”), 24hrs standby battery life, quick boot and resume cycle, and minimum of a quad-core Intel Celeron processor to go along with it.

While the invitations circulated by Microsoft for an education-focused launch event in New York on May 2 suggests strongly of a Chromebook competitor in the offing.

The leaked document also notes that its performance benchmarks uses the Intune device management policies specifically designed for the classroom.



In comparison, Microsoft target's 10-plus hours of “all day” battery life, with cold-boot times of 20 seconds and resume times of under 2 seconds in line with the “performance benchmarks”. And coupled with a quad-core chip, like a Celeron, or higher; 4GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of eMMC or SSD storage.

Albeit, touchscreen capabilities are listed as “optional,” which is probably the major advantage a Chromebook has over a typical Windows PC.
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