So what is Windows cloud? Well it’s Windows 10 but you can only run UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps. If you do try to run an app that isn’t UWP you are presented with a message saying “The app you’re trying to run isn’t designed for this version of Windows”. Think of Windows Cloud as a resurrection of Windows RT that we saw on Notebooks / entry level Microsoft Surface devices.
Disadvantages? Well of course you are heavily restricted in what you can install and use, heading to the Windows Store and testing a handful of apps: Slack, Evernote etc. These apps are easy to install and regular updates are easy to keep up with, very much like your mobile phone / tablet experience.
This brings us onto advantages, well there isn’t many. Cost? We don’t know the implications of new hardware releasing with Windows Cloud as opposed to the full versions of Windows 10 but I suspect this will bring the cost down. Security? Simple fact is that users will be heavily restricted in what they can download and install. This should lead to a reduction of malicious software and issues arising by users clicking a wrong link or installing software they shouldn’t be.
When can we expect Windows Cloud? Not for a while yet. The latest rumour is that we might hear some Official news with the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update sometime around April.