Monday, May 1, 2017

Liveblog: Microsoft takes on Chrome OS with new Windows, new hardware

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Microsoft is back in New York City for another hardware and software event, and we'll be live on the scene to tell you everything that's going on. Our liveblog, and the event itself, will kick off at 9:30am EDT (see here for your own timezone).

The event will have an education focus, with Microsoft promoting it with the hashtag "#MicrosoftEDU." Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks it runs on is making headway in the education space, and we're expecting Microsoft to announce new products to take on this new threat.

On the software side, this should mean that a new version of Windows 10 will make its debut. Leaks and rumors have indicated that a new Windows SKU, variously known as Windows 10 Cloud or Windows 10 S, will be released. This will be a full version of Windows 10, but it will be restricted to running apps acquired from the Windows Store. Removing this restriction will be a paid upgrade of some kind. The Store restriction should mean greater simplicity, security, and reliability. Store apps all offer clean installation and uninstallation, for example, and also provide some ability to roam between machines, bringing all your applications and settings with you.

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