So what, exactly, is Windows Cloud? A version of Windows 10
streamed from Azure? Another new Windows 10 subscription plan, in
the vein of Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5? The dreaded (and still
nonexistent) Windows 365?
None of the above, my sources say.
Windows 10 Cloud is a simplified version of Windows 10 that will
be able to run only Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed
from the Windows Store, my contacts say. Think of it as being
similar to the version of Windows 10 formerly known as Windows RT
or the Windows 8.1 with Bing SKU.
Windows 10 Cloud is meant to help Microsoft in its ongoing
campaign to attempt to thwart Chromebooks with a simpler, safer,
cheaper version of Windows 10, my contacts say, though Microsoft
is unlikely to position it that way (publicly).
For all of the success of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac in recent years, Chrome OS is more of a threat to Windows than anything the industry has ever seen. The low-end of the market has always been the main source of oxygen for Microsoft’s “Windows everywhere” strategy.