Early, we learned that Microsoft was developing a new Windows 10 SKU called Windows 10 Cloud. As a reminder, this new version of Windows 10 will only be able to run apps from the Windows Store. Overall, the new SKU could be used by Microsoft as a more secure version of Windows 10, preventing users from installing legacy (and sometimes insecure) Win32 apps.
It wasn’t exactly clear if Windows 10 Cloud would support Win32 apps that have been released on the Windows Store with Microsoft’s Desktop app converter. Those apps didn’t install on the leaked Windows 10 Cloud build 15025, even though we previously reported that Win32 apps could work on this build: indeed, someone managed to bypass Microsoft’s Win32 app block in the leaked build to install a fully functioning version of Google Chrome.
Windows Central is reporting today that a more recent Windows 10 Cloud build has just leaked, and can run desktop apps in the Windows Store ported through the Centennial bridge (Microsoft’s Desktop app converter):
You still can’t run CMD or Regedit, but confirmed the ability to download Slack, Tweeten and other Win32 apps from the Store, which run perfectly fine.
There are not a lot of Centennial apps on the Windows Store right now (the Office desktop apps), but Windows 10 Cloud will really need more of these to become an attractive option for consumers, educational and business users. We still don’t know what Microsoft’s plans are for Windows 10 Cloud, but we hope to learn more about the new OS at the upcoming Build 2017 conference.