Since last year, rumors of a lightweight version of Windows 10, dubbed Windows Lite, are circulating on the internet.
Just recently we saw reports that that Microsoft’s long-going project of dual-screen devices could ship with the Windows Lite OS (codenamed Santorini). It’s expected to run on the dual-screen device called “Centaurus”, and Windows 10 laptops codenamed “Pegasus”.
Today, a Verge report confirmed the idea of Microsoft creating Windows Lite for dual-screen devices. People familiar with Microsoft’s plans told that Windows Lite will be stripped down version of Windows 10 and would specifically target dual display devices as well as Chromebook-like devices.
We already know that Microsoft is working on a universal shell, known as “Composable Shell” (or C-Shell), that will be able to overcome hardware restrictions. It would also be compatible with devices of different form factors.
The Windows Lite OS will be based on the C-shell. It would run on top of Microsoft’s new Windows Core OS (WCOS), which is also being used to power HoloLens 2.
Microsoft has been working on its own dual-screen devices for a long time. The device known as “Centaurus” is speculated to arrive by the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, smartphone makers have come up with alternative form factors of dual-screen display’s, showcased at the MWC.
Nevertheless, it seems like Microsoft wants to be ready with a Windows OS that can power the new type of devices. Certainly, it might have learned from the S Mode experience where it restricted the users to download apps from Microsoft Store only.
Anyway, let’s see what Microsoft has to say at the Build Conference in Seattle, scheduled for early May.