Microsoft is reported to working on a new version of Windows, dubbed as Windows Lite. This new version is not Windows exactly, but it is a version of the OS that is targeted at Chromebooks or Chrome OS, in general.
Windows Lite, A Rival Chrome OS
Based on the documentation found in the latest build and along with that, there are markings all over the latest release of the insider builds and SDK which help us understand where Microsoft is heading. Windows 10 Lite only runs PWAs and UWP apps and strips out everything else making it a true lightweight version of Windows, unlike the Windows 10 S and RT.
Mind you, this is not a version of the OS that will run in the enterprise or even small business environments. Moreover, it can’t be purchased either as OEM only may be the way forward, which could be a reason for Microsoft to kill off Windows 10 S. The goal of Windows Lite is to be super lightweight, instant on, always connected, and can run on any type of CPU.
With Qualcomm is speculated to announce a chip that runs Windows significantly faster and better than 835, we can expect devices with the new chip running the Windows Lite OS. There’s also a possibility that it may not be called Windows.
Furthermore, this new iteration of Windows will act like Windows OS, but won’t be Windows by significantly changing up the name, UI and everything else, which clearly explains why Microsoft is aggressively pursuing the PWA platform with Edge. As of now, we have no idea about the launch timelines but might likely have a build in 2019.