Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Windows 10 Lean is Microsoft's new lightweight OS

Windows 10 Lean is Microsoft's new lightweight OS

According to some sources, the lightweight version was first discovered by a Windows expert named Lucan who found the lightweight OS hidden inside the Redstone inside (build 17650) which is released this week. Some reports have also suggested that the company will consider changing its name to Windows 10 1804 since it's no longer finalized in March. Its initial offering, Windows 10 S, didn't go over well due to the lack of support for apps not installed via the Microsoft Store. Joe Belfiore is scheduled to keynote on that day at the developer conference. The latest Skip Ahead build is said to be released to a select number of users at the moment which hints that Windows 10 could be available in three variants soon.

Of course, this is all unconfirmed unless coming from an official Microsoft channel and it could well be that the vendor is either getting it slightly earlier than everyone else will through Windows Update, or is announcing a later roll out date for its chain of shops.

According to Twitter user Lucan, Microsoft is now testing a version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Lean that's meant to be installed on less-powerful hardware. The additional apps and features which are removed consist of RegEdit and CD/DVD writers from the installer. We thought Windows 10 S was the version of the OS meant for low-end devices, but could "Lean" be set to hit lower-powered devices still, such as the smart phones use case mentioned above?

Windows already has a stripped down version, Windows 10 S, which started as a locked down version of Windows 10 Pro for schools and businesses and by next year will become an optional mode for all versions of Windows. It is not a part of Windows Core OS nor will it run on Andromeda.

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