Microsoft is expected to launch its Windows cloud OS at its Microsoft EDU event today, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, besides launching a new laptop to compete with Apple’s MacBook and Google’s Chromebook laptops.
The highly-expected launch of Windows 10 Cloud operating system, aimed at low-end education segment will be the rival of Chromebook from Google. The Microsoft EDU event will be livestreamed at 9:30am ET (7pm IST) and the venue is in New York city.
Microsoft Surface for Windows 10 Cloud features are leaked by Twitter user WalkingCat (@h0x0d) and going hy it, it will have a 13.5-inch PixelSense display with 3.4 million pixels, and the keyboard fitted with Alcantara material used on Surface Pro 4’s Type Cover keyboard. Twitter is also abuzz with the colours of the laptop as Platinum, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Graphite Gold with a weight of 2.76 pounds (1.25kg) and measuring 14.47mm thick at the back, and 9.9mm thick in the front.
The laptop in the leaked images looks quite premium, and can be expected to carry a price tag to match. But with the education market in its sights, Microsoft might just have to subsidise the product for students (the way Apple does), or it may have another low-end model in store for us.
Other media reports have put hardware specifications as quad-core Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage, 10-hour battery support and with touch input. With a cold boot time of 20 seconds, users can resume to login screen from sleep in less than 2 seconds, making first of its kind to allow sing up in less than 15 seconds.
Since Windows 10 Cloud is a stripped down version of Windows 10, with support from Windows Store apps, applications need to be accessed as and when required via Internet. The cloud version is reportedly modified for education segment usage and likely to be priced much lower than the full Windows 10 platform. However, users will have the option to switch over from Cloud to buy Windows Pro version.
Other releases at the event may include new OS, Windows Store apps. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is keen to make Windows 10 easily available for many students and entry-level executives making it easier to purchase the cloud at a cheaper price or at monthly rental basis. It remains to be seen what other features it would include for countries like India where Windows 10 official version is still far from the reach of a common man or a student.