Screenshots of Windows 10 Cloud have appeared online
Microsoft is hard at work on a new version of Windows 10, according to the latest rumours.
The Redmond technology company is believed to be building a cloud-based competitor to Google's cloud-based ChromeOS, dubbed Windows 10 Cloud.
Multiple references to the simplified version of Windows have started to appear in recent Windows 10 test builds, ZDnet has revealed.
The stripped-back Windows 10 Cloud, which is rumoured to run Universal apps from the Windows Store, is expected to run on low-end PCs aimed at the education and business customers.
And now, leaked screenshots of the new version of Windows 10 have appeared online.
Published online by Windows Bog Italia, the screenshots show an operating system that looks incredibly similar to the fully-fledged desktop version of Windows 10.
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The lightweight version of Windows 10 will run Universal Apps from the Windows Store
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Microsoft has yet to officially acknowledge the existence of Windows 10 Cloud
According to ZDNet, the lack of any discernible visual changes is not surprising – given that Windows 10 Cloud is designed to solely run universal apps from the Windows Store.
Despite its name, Windows 10 Cloud is unlikely to be literally powered by the cloud or streamed to a device via wifi.
There's no rumoured release date for Windows 10 Cloud, but given appearance of leaked screenshots, and references buried within Windows 10 beta builds, it could debut alongside Creators Update in April.
The news comes as Microsoft previewed a swathe of new features in the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview.
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Dubbed Build 15025, the new beta update looks to make Windows 10 Mobile devices smarter than ever before, thanks to a couple of useful update to the company’s Microsoft Edge browser. The web browser is now able to speak to Windows 10 Mobile users thanks to a new “read aloud” button.
Similar to Apple’s Siri feature, Microsoft Edge will now be able to read out your e-books, which were enabled on Windows 10 devices earlier this year.
Simply open up the document you were ready, and press the “read aloud” button in the top-right corner to start.
The update also allows Microsoft Edge to show off full-colour emoji for the first time when visiting websites.
The includes the newly-updated list of emoji released recently, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy all your favourites on your Windows 10 Mobile device.
Microsoft Edge also got a number of new features on the desktop.
Microsoft Edge users will be able to preview the contents of tabs with a new visual interface
Wallet will allow Windows 10 users to quick authorise a payment
The minimalist, modern web browser now boasts a new tab management feature that lets users save and restore sets of tabs.
It can also preview open tabs with a variety of visual thumbnails, something which is sure to make life easier if you're used to juggling a plethora of tabs.
Extensions are also bound to improve following the latest release, with Microsoft now allowing third-party developers to access 30 per cent more features than in its initial release of Microsoft Edge.
And following the update to Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft Edge will also support 3D content.
Some webpages have already started to integrate virtual reality experiences, so Microsoft has included support for 3D support to allow Edge browser users to view the content without installing plugins or third-party apps.
Ebooks are also arriving in Microsoft Edge.
Windows 10 users will be able to buy the books from the Windows Store and read them directly within the browser.
The Edge web browser is also expected to ship with support for Wallet, so participating websites can let Windows 10 users authorise transactions using the credit card stored with their Microsoft Account.
Microsoft has yet to announce a release date for Windows 10 Creators Update, although it is widely expected to become available in April.