Microsoft is gearing up for an event in New York on May 2 where the company is expected to make some major announcements. While the company has been tight-lipped about the announcements it is going to make, the invite sent to media hinted at the unveiling of products aimed at the educational market. Ahead of the event, a leaked document is doing the rounds on the web that claims Microsoft is working on a cloud-based version of its Windows 10. It further reveals the company will be launching a reference hardware that will be competing with Google’s Chromebooks. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting cardAlso Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Microsoft’s much-anticipated Windows 10 Cloud is believed to be a stripped down version of the main operating system, built specifically for students. A leaked screenshot from Microsft’s document titled “Windows 10 Cloud performance”, published by Windows Central, reveals details about minimum specifications required by a hardware to run Windows 10 Cloud and the same have been compared with Chromebook specifications as well. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
The benchmarks for a device, conveniently dubbed as ‘CloudBook’, running Windows 10 Cloud includes a battery life of over 10 hours and a quick 20-sec boot-up time. Other noteworthy minimum specifications required are a quad-core Intel Celeron processor or above, 4GB of RAM, 32 GB or 64GB internal storage and Fast eMMC or Solid State Drive (SSD) for storage. It also includes an optional pen or touch-support. ALSO READ: Microsoft to release major Windows 10 updates every March and SeptemberMicrosoft to release major Windows 10 updates every March and September
Microsoft already has a slew of products aimed at students and education-market. However, Google has been leading the segment with its Chrome OS and Chromebook. According to IDC, Chromebook alone represents 49 percent of the total market share of the year 2016.