As we all know by now, Windows is working on a lightweight version of Windows. Last year, news of Windows Lite made the rounds after references regarding “Windows Lite” popped up inside one of the many Windows Insider Preview builds. Windows Lite is obviously being built to compete against Google’s Chrome OS, with people already calling it the ‘Chrome OS Killer’. Not much was known about the Operating System until some details were brought to light today.
Windows Lite? or just Lite?
When it comes to the name of the Operating System, Microsoft is referring to the OS as just Lite, not Windows Lite. Windows can ship the OS with the name ‘Lite’, However, they will run into issues with Huawei, as it currently uses LiteOS for its devices. Hence, it will be interesting to see what Windows does with the name of the OS.
Centaurus / Pegasus
Windows is testing Lite on two types of devices, classified by Microsoft as Centaurus and Pegasus. Centaurus being devices which are dual-screened devices. These devices are classified as the ‘future’ by many people and companies. Pegasus refers to a set of new laptops which sport various configurations and features running the Lite OS.
Windows Lite will most likely have a UI which will be heavily based upon Windows, but don’t let that fool you as Windows Lite will be targeted at a simpler use-case. and will be made primarily for browsing. You won’t be running Lite OS on a desktop. Much like Chrome OS, It’s meant to be a ‘one app’ at a time experience. For multitasking, Windows 10 will always be the way to go. There are still a lot of questions about App Support. Just like Chrome OS, supporting PWAs (progressive web apps) and UWP (apps from the Microsoft store) look to be happening but classic applications may be dropped, if its focused on ARM.
Will Windows Lite be a ‘Chrome OS Killer’? Guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. Microsoft has not officially confirmed anything as of yet but we are hoping to hear more about the Lite OS at the company’s Build conference which takes place in early May.