It appears that Microsoft may be working on a lightweight version of its next-gen Windows 11 operating system called Windows 11 SE. The OS is considered a direct successor to Windows 10 S, which was eventually rebranded to Windows 10 in S Mode, an operating system developed by Microsoft for use in the home and education markets and characterized by long battery life and sustained performance. was designed for. Windows 11 SE may be marketed as a competitor to Chromebooks when it debuts, and like its predecessor, may not allow the installation of apps outside the Microsoft Store.
The leaked screenshots and details about Windows 11 SE were posted by a Twitter user @fakirmediation. In a tweet, a Twitter user suggested that the platform is the successor to Windows 10 Cloud Edition, and that the initial build required an online account to log in because “offline account creation is broken in OOBE.”
You’ll be able to change your online account to a local account after logging in, but the initial build doesn’t support multiple users yet. Right now, the Microsoft Online Store appears to be blocked, but Win32 apps seem to be running. However, widgets do not work on this build, wrote @fakirmeditation in several subsequent tweets.
Like leaks for the upcoming but unannounced Windows 11 update, the desktop version of Windows 11 SE was featured with a centered taskbar and redesigned Start menu as opposed to the left-justified Start menu on current Windows 10 builds.
According to journalist Mary Jo Foley, the build posted by @fakirmeditation appears to be the S Mode SKU for Windows 11. WMPowerUser noted that Windows 11 SE may be the successor to Windows 10 Cloud Edition, which Foley clarified S Mode on Twitter was just the code name for Windows 10.
later Tweet, Foley claimed that he had not heard any information about Microsoft getting rid of S Mode. It is unclear whether Microsoft will eventually launch this version of Windows 11 as Windows 11 SE, as shown in the screenshot, or if it will use Windows 11 in the S Mode moniker instead.
When Microsoft originally launched Windows 10 S, it promoted features such as faster boot-up times, the same core code as Windows 10 in a lightweight package, and lower hardware requirements, making laptops and PCs cheaper. Traditionally, Windows 10 PCs could also be upgraded to the Windows 10 S platform if the owners chose to. Microsoft built its S Mode platform as a way to counter the rise of Chrome OS and Chromebooks in the education segment.
The company has an event scheduled for June 24, and we’ll hear more about the future of Windows at that time.