Windows Lite – what is it and is it a good thing?

As it sounds, Windows lite is a stripped-down version of Windows designed to run on low spec devices. Designed to compete against Chromebooks, it sounds like an ideal Operating System for the less demanding customer.

The new Operating System is said to only be able to run apps from the Microsoft App Store. I can see where this is going, especially since we’re all used to downloading Apps from the App stores on our Smartphones and Tablets. Yes, I know that the Microsoft App Store has faced a lot of criticism but thinking about it, not only can this move increase security, it will also make it easier for the less technical to download and install things. Over the last couple of months, I noticed that there are more and more apps available on the App Store than I can remember.

I can see a system like this doing well, especially since people mainly use smartphones and tablets for browsing the internet and doing their daily thing. But will people accept a system like that, especially if they used the full version of Windows? We just need to wait and see but personally, I don’t see any reason for people not to.

So is it a good thing?

I would definitely say YES! Some of you might be surprised about this but the truth of the matter is that there are many low spec laptops out there that are ideal for when you’re out and about, travel and even for daily use.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 100s and the HP Stream 11 are excellent examples of where Windows Lite would benefit. I had the chance to test both laptops in the past and I actually own a Lenovo IdeaPad 100s, which I use for travel. Both of these laptops are ok for basic needs such as doing coursework, writing reports and letters and even basic programming and web development. They are ideal for note-taking during lectures too. But the one thing I would say lets both devices down is storage space and whilst you can do many of these things in the browser, Windows tends to quickly take up a lot of storage space. I have occasionally noticed a lot of lag too but that’s because I was overusing it doing tasks that the device wasn’t designed for. At the end of the day, I strongly believe that Windows Lite will work well here.

Would I use Windows Lite?

Since Linux Mint is my main system of choice, the decision is difficult however, if I was to purchase a new netbook for travel I would definitely consider a Windows Lite Device.

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