Microsoft is working on a new lite version of Windows for the dual screen devices and Chromebook competitors. According to some sources, Windows Lite is the internal codename for a new OS for Chromebook competitors and dual-screen devices. The new hardware might launch by the end of this year but it totally depends on the Chip and PC developer.
Intel was also pushing the OEMs to develop this new hardware technology, where machines could appear like Microsoft’s Courier concept, dual-screen laptops, or even foldable displays in the future. On the other hand, Microsoft is creating a new Composable Shell (C-Shell) and windows core OS which is a modular version of the current windows Shell which powers many parts of Windows 10 now.
Parts of this Windows Core OS are now powering hardware like the HoloLens 2 or Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Hub 2X. However, the Windows Lite interface is similar to the previous windows version, but it is like a blend of its Surface Hub shell and Windows Phone Continuum user interface. Windows Central is the one who first revealed that the company is using Santorini codename as a part of Windows Lite.
Not forget to mention that Santorini is a part of Shell work which Microsoft is trying to make it a bit different than windows 10. Maybe initially Microsoft is thinking about targeting dual-screen devices, but the long term plan of the company is to compete against Chromebook. Previously, the company had tried to restrict Windows 10 with an S Mode to just Microsoft Store apps. Microsoft is also looking something basic to ship with Windows Lite and build on top of it for more complexity down the line.
It is not clear yet when will Microsoft begin to ship Windows Lite or what it will be named. Though the software giant has been experimenting it with for years and it ha watched the Chrome OS grow in term of popularity all over the US.