Here's the minimum recommended specification for Windows 10 Cloud

Assuming this chart is accurate, it gives us a good idea of what sort of hardware we'll be seeing from Windows 10 Cloud devices.

Windows Cloud is expected to be Microsoft's take on Google's Chromebooks.

In the past, we told you that Windows 10 Cloud would only be running the apps - based on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) - present on the Windows Store. It's a low-end version of Windows 10 that is created to run Windows 10 Store apps only, similar in many ways to the former Windows RT and the Windows 10 Starter Edition products.

As the May event has an education focus, it's apparent that any low-priced Chromebook-like Windows devices will be aimed at the education sector - but that's not to say that there won't be interest from other people looking for cheap hardware. Interestingly, the document's references to "Edu" and "students" strongly support the notion that education will be the key market for this new Windows 10 SKU, at least at launch. In any event, it looks like we'll know more in less than two weeks, and we'll be at Microsoft's event to cover all the news. There's no mention of ARM-based CloudBooks in the leaked document, but word is Windows 10 Cloud will run on both Intel- and ARM-based devices. In a comparison of "performance benchmarks", Microsoft's target is 10-plus hours of "all day" battery life, with cold-boot times of 20 seconds and resume times of under 2 seconds.

Even so, by Microsoft's own admission in the confidential slide shown above, some of those benchmarks still don't quite match Google's Chromebooks in the Redstone 2 (Creators Update) builds of Windows 10 Cloud.

I'm curious if Microsoft will throw its hat into the CloudBook hardware ring, not necessarily with a Surface device that isn't limited to the minimum specs, but that might be a higher-end machine similar to the Chromebook Pixel, which Google recently put on the back burner.

  • Arturo Norris