Microsoft is hard at work on a new skew of its Windows 10 operating system
Microsoft has built a new version of Windows 10, according to a series of presentation slides.
The internal presentation was leaked online and appears to confirm the existence of a brand-new skew of Windows 10 designed for powerful PCs somewhere between high-end desktop machines and mid-range servers.
In the leaked slides, Microsoft claims its new version of Windows 10 will be able to run on machines with up to four physical CPUs.
The current consumer edition of Windows 10 only supports one or two physical processors.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstation will also work on computers running up to 6TB of RAM – a substantial step-up from the 2TB limit on the standard variant.
The internal presentation reveals a few details about the new Windows 10 variant
Prominent tipsters @h0x0d and @GrandMofongo published the leaks and confirmed that Microsoft is still undecided between branding the new operating system "Windows 10 Pro for Workstation" or "Windows Pro for Advanced PCs".
Whatever it ends up being called, the new skew of Windows will ship with full support for Microsoft's Resilient File System (ReFS) first introduced with Server 2012.
This will replace NTFS that Microsoft has used since the days of Windows NT 3.1.
"As workstation machines are typically used for large data volumes across networks, Microsoft is including the SMBDirect protocol for file sharing and high throughput, low latency, and low CPU utilization when accessing network shares," the leaked slide confirms.
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Windows 10 Pro for Workstation looks set to launch later this year.
The performance-focused operating system is clearly targeted at those who process a large amount of data each day.
As a result, Windows 10 Pro for Workstation will most likely be used in enterprise scenarios.
When approached by The Register for comment on the leaked slides, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company had "nothing to share".
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According to Microsoft, "this build was never intended to go out to Windows Insiders and may include issues that impact usability of your PC".
This problem happened due to an accidental deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders.
Microsoft says its team was quick to revert the deployment and put blocks in place to stop these builds from going out to more people.
It's currently unclear exactly how many users will have been affected by the issue although Microsoft has said that its analysis shows only a small portion of Insiders got these builds.