At the time we did not know why Microsoft was creating another version of their operating system, but according to new reports, the intention is to once again address the cheap tablet market with less than 16 GB of storage.
Microsoft is apparently working on yet another version of Windows called 'Windows 10 Lean' that could be flawless for low-end PCs.
Build 17650 also includes phone APIs, suggesting Windows Lean might take up some of the telephony slack left by Microsoft's diminishing interest in Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. For instance, features such as Registry Editor, the Microsoft Management Console, and Microsoft Office are missing, while desktop wallpaper is disabled by default.
Meanwhile, Inside Windows has got a full list of missing files, giving you an idea of what is missing.
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Further, the installer for the Windows 10 lean is said to be about 2GB lighter in weight than the ones available now.
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. 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?
At first, it may appear that Windows 10 Lean is an alternative to Windows 10 S (which only allows app installation from the Windows Store), but Lucan quickly pointed out that this version does not have normal restrictions that are usually found in Windows S version.
The Register asked Microsoft for comment but the company declined.