Microsoft has still not officially confirmed that the rumor is about the Windows Lite operating system, but the software giant is today dropping a few big hints about the future of Windows. Nick Parker, Microsoft & # 39; s vice president of consumer and device sales, came on stage today at Computex to describe the company's vision for a modern operating system. Although Parker did not reveal Windows Lite, a controversial lightweight version of Windows for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices, it did reveal how Microsoft is preparing for new device types.
These new devices require some Microsoft a & # 39; modern operating system & # 39; that contains a number of "enablers" such as seamless updates. We have seen several promises about improving Windows Updates over the years, but Microsoft is now promising that "modern OS updates are running invisibly in the background; the update experience is deterministic, reliable and direct without interruptions!" No interruptions! and done in the background sounds very different from the Windows Update experience available today on Windows 10, and it sounds much more on Chrome OS.
This "modern operating system" is also standard protected according to Microsoft, which means that the status is separate from the operating system and that the compute is "separate from applications", which is driven much more by the cloud than we are used to today. Microsoft also wants this modern operating system to work with 5G connectivity and to contain a variety of inputs such as pen, voice, touch and even gaze.
Perhaps the most telling part of Microsoft Computex blog post is that the full paragraph describing this "modern OS" never mentions Windows. "These enablers and delighters support our vision for a Modern OS, they will provide the basic elements for an evolution of the PC ecosystem and enable partners to deliver the more people-centered experiences of tomorrow," Parker explains.
Some of these tips for a modern operating system may already apply to Windows as it looks today, but Microsoft also describes the focus on "enabling cloud-connected experiences that use the computing power of the cloud to enhance user experiences on their devices "for this modern OS. Clearly, whatever Microsoft is working on for Windows Lite and beyond, it's about seamless updates, security enhancements, 5G connectivity, cloud-powered apps, new form factors and AI support. Microsoft chose to bold all of these important components in its paragraph, with details about its modern OS future:
These new modern PCs and innovative devices that the ecosystem will continue to build and market in the future require a modern operating system. An operating system that provides a number of enablers that provide the basic experiences that customers expect from their devices, and includes a number of delights that deliver innovative, human-centered experiences. Enablers seamless updates – modern OS updates run invisibly in the background; the update experience is deterministic, reliable and direct without interruptions! A modern operating system is that too secured as standard, the status is separate from the operating system; compute is separated from applications; this protects the user against malicious attacks during the entire life cycle of the device. Always connected – with a modern OS Wifi, LTE 5G simply works – and users never have to worry about a deadspot. All devices of a user are informed and connected to each other. Offers a modern operating system sustained performance, from the moment a user picks up their device – everything is ready for use – without having to worry about the next time the PC needs to be charged. These enablers will meet the basic needs of the customer, but to really differentiate, we also have to rejoice. A modern operating system does this by switching on cloud connection experiences that use the computing power of the cloud to improve user experiences on their devices. These experiences are driven by AI, so a modern operating system is aware of what a user is doing tomorrow and helps them get it done, and it improves applications that make them more intelligent. A modern operating system is also multi-sense. People can use pen, voice, touch and even gaze – what ever the input method a user wants to use works just as well as the keyboard and mouse. Finally, a modern operating system offers the ultimate in form factor dexterity. A modern control system has the right sensor support and attitude awareness to enable the breadth of innovative form factors and applications that are supplied by our partner ecosystem
Rumor has it that earlier this month Microsoft was discussing plans for two-screen devices and Windows Lite at the company's Build conference. Those plans never came true and it felt like there was a lack of future Windows information during the developer's event. Even the next major Windows 10 update, code name 19H2, is shrouded in secrecy. Although it is expected to arrive in October, Microsoft has already publicly started testing a version of Windows 10 that it will not deliver until 2020. We still don't know what's coming in the October 2019 update and it may be a very minor update this time around.
Microsoft & # 39; s Windows Lite subscriptions may have been slightly delayed by the unexpected decision of the company to switch to Chromium for the Edge browser. As Windows Lite is more cloud-powered and depends on the browser for many more experiences, a shift to Chromium has affected this more modern operating system. At the moment, Microsoft is only willing to post hints about what we can expect from the near future of Windows.