Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed the existence of its alleged Windows Lite operating system, but the software giant is leaving some pretty big clues about the future of Windows today. Nick Parker, Microsoft's vice president of consumer and device sales, joined Computex today to explain the company's vision for a modern operating system. While Parker did not reveal Windows Lite, a lightweight version of Windows for dual display devices and Chromebooks, it showed how Microsoft is preparing for new types of devices.
These new devices require what Microsoft calls "Windows Lite." modern operating system ", which contains a number of" enablers "such as seamless updates. We've seen several promises of improving Windows updates over the years, but Microsoft now promises that "modern OS updates will be done invisibly in the background; The update experience is deterministic, reliable and instantly available without interruptions. "No background breaks are very different from the Windows Update experience available today on Windows 1
According to Microsoft, "modern operating system" is also safe by default, which means that the status of the operating system and the data processing is separated from applications. This sounds much more cloud-based than what we are used to today. Microsoft also wants this modern operating system to work with 5G connectivity, enabling a variety of inputs such as pen, voice, touch and even look.
Probably the most meaningful part of Microsoft's Computex blog post is that the entire section describing this "modern operating system" never mentions Windows. "These enablers and enthusiasts underpin our vision of a modern operating system, as the foundation for evolving the PC ecosystem, enabling partners to deliver the more human experiences of tomorrow," explains Parker.
Some of these references to a modern operating system may already apply to Windows in its current form. However, Microsoft also describes the focus of this modern operating system on "enabling cloud-connected experiences that leverage the power of the cloud to improve the user experience on their devices." It's clear that Microsoft is providing seamless updates, security enhancements, 5G connectivity, cloud-based apps, new form factors, and AI support for Windows Lite and beyond. Microsoft has decided to highlight all of these important parts in its paragraph about the future of its modern operating system:
These new state-of-the-art PCs and innovative devices that will continue to build and bring the ecosystem to the market in future require a modern operating system , An operating system that provides a range of enablers to deliver the essential experiences customers expect from their devices, as well as a range of delightful innovators that deliver innovative, human-centered experiences. The activators include Seamless Updates – With a modern operating system, updates are performed invisibly in the background. The update experience is deterministic, reliable and immediately without interruptions! A modern operating system is also secure by default the state is disconnected from the operating system; Computing is separated from applications. This protects the user from malicious attacks throughout the life cycle of the device. Always connected – with a modern OS Wifi LTE 5G works – and users never have to worry about a deadspot. All devices of a user are known and interconnected. A modern operating system provides sustained performance from the moment a user picks up his device – everything is ready – without worrying about the next time the PC needs to be recharged. These enablers will satisfy the basic needs of customers, but to really differentiate, we must also enjoy them. A Modern Operating System Enables cloud-related experiences that leverage the power of the cloud to enhance the user experience on their devices. These experiences are provided by AI so a modern operating system recognizes what a user is doing tomorrow, helping him achieve it, and improving applications that make him smarter. A modern operating system is also multi-minded. Users can use pen, voice, touch, and even look – every input method a user wants works just as well as a keyboard and mouse. Finally, a modern operating system provides the ultimate agility in form factor . A modern operating system has the right sensor support and attitude detection to enable the breadth of innovative form factors and applications that our partner ecosystem will provide. The company's build conference earlier this month. These plans were never realized, and it seemed that the developer meeting was lacking future Windows information. Even the next big Windows 10 update with the codename 19H2 is secret. Microsoft has already publicly begun testing a version of Windows 10 that will be shipping by 2020. We still do not know what's coming up in the October 2019 update, and it could be a very small update time around.
Microsoft's Windows Lite plans may have been delayed because the company has surprisingly decided to switch to Chromium for the edge browser. If Windows Lite is more cloud-aware and has more browser experience, switching to Chromium will affect this more advanced operating system. Currently, Microsoft is only willing to give hints as to what we can expect from the immediate future of Windows.