MS Working on "Lean" version of Windows 10 Insider

  1.    21 Apr 2018 #1

    MS Working on "Lean" version of Windows 10


    Surur at MSPowerUser.com reports on a recent finding from Twitter that reveals a new, stripped-down version of Windows 10 appeared in Skippy Build 17650.
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    Apr 20, 2018 at 19:16 GMT

    It seems Microsoft is working on a cut down version of Windows 10 for the next major release of Windows 10.
    As spotted by Lucas on Twitter, Windows 10 Lean’s installer is 2 GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and is missing basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD and DVD Drives and even apps such as RegEdit. Interestingly these apps are however not restricted, and once imported you can run RegEdit without any issue, meaning while being smaller the OS is not restricted in any way.

    It launched by default in Windows 10 S mode however and also identifies as Windows 10 CloudE.

    It is not clear what Microsoft plans to do with the SKU. It may simply be intended for virtual machines, or Microsoft may be looking to make another go at a version of Windows for really low-powered devices.

    Keep an eye on the site for the latest developments in this story.
    Link to source: Windows 10 Lean : Microsoft working on a cut down version of Windows 10 for RedStone 5

    Link to original Tweet (Surur apparently doesn't know how to reproduce tweetlinks): Lucas on Twitter.



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  2. slicendice's Avatar
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       21 Apr 2018 #1

    Interesting find! I sure hope they will create a cutdown version that would run the Windows desktop on devices like Raspberry Pi and similar. Windows IoT is not what most users want.

    Thanks for sharing this.
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  3.    22 Apr 2018 #2

    Yes, interesting find. "Learn Lean"? Hmm? One ponders what that ultimately means or alludes too?
    To something other than IoT for Raspberry Pi's etc.

    EDIT: Only just released its Lean not Learn, I think somebody snuck me a decaf. That's me story and I'm sticking to it.
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  4.    22 Apr 2018 #3

    The news coverage is focusing on something along the lines of "Windows for minimal USER devices" right now. As far as I can tell that means minimal devices that can still run Windows 10 AND a display, keyboard, and mouse. It will be interesting to see how this plays out -- and if it sticks around -- for sure.
    --Ed--
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       22 Apr 2018 #4

    Odd, there are 2 post #1. Ed and Toni. I've cleared and all that stuff.

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       22 Apr 2018 #5

    EdTittel said: View Post
    The news coverage is focusing on something along the lines of "Windows for minimal USER devices" right now. As far as I can tell that means minimal devices that can still run Windows 10 AND a display, keyboard, and mouse. It will be interesting to see how this plays out -- and if it sticks around -- for sure.
    --Ed--
    Indeed!

    Should be absolutely no issues getting the basic stuff like the window manager and all IO devices working properly. They have after all, already completed the ARM core.

    Now it's just up to the team to come up with something that is usable. If they lock the OS down by only enabling Store apps and no native (win32-style) apps, then that will be a big turn off for most tinkerers. I really hope they do this one right from start.
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       22 Apr 2018 #6

    Maybe my dream is coming true.

    VR/MR headset with Windows on a SoC(System on a chip)


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