Up to this day, the strategy Microsoft had in its fight against Chromebooks was to design some accessible Windows laptops that would catch up with the price advantage imposed by Google. Despite this, now it looks that they want to extend the strategy to the OS itself. According to Thurrott and Windows Blog Italia, who had the chance to see Windows Cloud (or Windows 10 Cloud, as some people call it), it is in fact a spin on the latest Windows OS that seems to be a rival for the Chrome OS designed by Google.

It works similarly to the Windows 10, but the catch is the fact that it doesn’t run conventional Windows apps. For now, Cloud only works with the Universal Windows Platform apps that can be found in the Windows Store. If you try and run anything else, you will see a warning appear on the screen. Many people think that this is a strategy to appeal to schools and various institutions that are attracted to Chrome because of the security advantage they get by not having native apps.

And truth be told, many teachers and educators are interested in Windows PCs, since they can be sure that children cannot install unapproved games or malware on the computers. There is a possibility that the “Centennial” bridge, which allows you to bring Win32 apps to the Store, may work, but for now there are some issues with its compatibility.

We’re not sure when will the Windows Cloud show up, but there are some brief mentions of this OS in the current preview releases found on Windows Insider. This means that the company is interested in releasing the Cloud soon, probably when they also deliver the Creators Update for Windows 10, sometime this spring, which would be great for schools.