Rumors are swirling that an announcement from Microsoft about a Windows 10 Cloud OS is imminent.

What does that mean? It’s basically a full Windows 10 experience pared down to become a cloud only system without the ability to install apps and with limited networking and accessory capability. Is this a good thing, or another Windows RT/Netbook disaster waiting to happen?

Microsoft needs to compete in several markets where Chromebooks are doing quite well. The biggest is the education market, where Chromebooks outsell all other computing devices -- including iPads and low-end PCs. But Microsoft needs to be careful if it doesn’t want to repeat the disaster that was Netbooks.

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