Windows 10 Lean's 2GB weigh loss secret is stupidly simple to explain


According to Twitter user Lucan, Microsoft is now testing a version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Lean that's meant to be installed on less-powerful hardware.

Microsoft has been trying to make its Windows 10 operating system lighter for less-powerful PCs for some time.

According to a tweet posted earlier, in what is claimed to be an internal memo from a Chinese retail vendor, it shows that the Windows 10 April Update will start rolling out on May 9, which falls on a Wednesday in mainland China. In total there are over 50,000 files that have been stripped out of Windows 10 Pro for the Lean release, and they include some pretty hefty programs including Internet Explorer, Mail, Windows Media Player and PowerShell.

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The latest "Redstone 5 " build - Number 17650 - is for both Windows Server 2019 and the associated Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release, known as 1809. In other words, it looks like the Lean version of the OS will likely focus on more modern services and apps rather all the old-fashioned stuff we're used to seeing even to this day in standard Windows 10. Inside Windows has a full list of the missing files. So it could be a possibility that Windows 10 lean is the redesigned Windows 10 S.

To be clear, Microsoft said that the Yammer and Skype for Business Windows Phone apps may continue to work after May 20, though Microsoft Teams won't and will display error messages when Office 365 users try to connect. Its initial offering, Windows 10 S, didn't go over well due to the lack of support for apps not installed via the Microsoft Store.

The lack of a formal announcement from Microsoft makes us think this is meant to be a niche product for specialist users, but it's an interesting development from a company that recently de-prioritised its flagship operating system in favour of its cloud and AI efforts.