Microsoft has been trying to make its Windows 10 operating system lighter for less-powerful PCs for some time. Its initial offering, Windows 10 S, didn’t go over well due to the lack of support for apps not installed via the Microsoft Store. Recently, it was discovered the lighter OS would be turned into a simple setting called S Mode, but that feature hasn’t reached the public as of yet. Now, it looks like Microsoft is trying something else called Windows 10 Lean.
According to Twitter user Lucan, Microsoft is currently testing a version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Lean that’s meant to be installed on less-powerful hardware. It only takes up around 2GB of internal storage space when installed thanks to Microsoft stripping it of legacy apps such as Internet Explorer. In other words, it looks like the Lean version of the OS will likely focus on more modern services and apps rather all the old-fashioned stuff we’re used to seeing even to this day in standard Windows 10.
Welcome to Windows 10 Lean/CloudE/S (once again?)
This new edition started shipping with this week’s Skip Ahead build (17650)
It seems to be heavily cut down, an x64 clean install is roughly 2 GB smaller than Pro
Its edition ID is 0xB7 which was missing from SDK headers pic.twitter.com/2Sn3SVXeZB
— Lucan (@tfwboredom) April 20, 2018
By making Windows 10 lighter, Microsoft not only makes it more efficient for slower processors and cheap internals but also allows for faster updates. Usually, on a PC with not a ton of storage space, it’s harder to download updates due to limited space to store the necessary update files. But with Windows 10 Lean, that problem could be resolved since the overall OS will take up less room on a hard drive.
Still, it remains to be seen whether Microsoft will continue developing Windows 10 Lean or if this is just a limited test. Windows Central says Microsoft is readying the variant for Redstone 5, the next major update to Windows 10 which will likely be previewed at Build 2018 in May. Until then, we’re left with a ton of questions with not a lot of answers. Stay tuned.