Microsoft is holding a special event on May 2 to unveil a new version of its computer operating system called Windows 10 Cloud. The new OS will reportedly be for low-end Windows computers that will take on Google’s Chromebooks.
According to documents acquired by Windows Central, the special event will focus heavily on the education market where Chromebooks have been dominating thanks to their stripped down software and affordable prices. The research firm Futuresource estimates Chromebooks have accounted for 58 percent of all computing shipments for the K-12 education market in 2016, nearly tripling Windows’ 22 percent segment. That’s the market Microsoft is honing in on with the upcoming Windows 10 Cloud operating system that won’t need top-of-the-line specs to function.
Windows Central acquired a chart that reveals the minimum hardware specifications for Windows 10 Cloud—quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (64GB for 64-bit), fast eMMC or SSD for storage technology and optional pen or touch support. The new computers will also aim for battery life of at least 10 hours. The chart compares Windows 10 Cloud computers against Chromebook specs down to the boot up time. You can see it down below.
The report also mentions that Windows 10 Cloud may go by Windows 10 S, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
We’ll know more come May 2
We’ll find out all the details about Windows 10 Cloud and Microsoft’s big push against Chromebooks on May 2.