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Microsoft’s spring Surface event could include Windows 10 Cloud

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Microsoft is still expected to hold a spring hardware event in early May, but the company could focus it on a new Windows 10 Cloud variant. ZDNet reports that the codename of Microsoft’s unannounced event is “Bespin,” a fictional Star Wars planet that includes a “Cloud City.” Rumors of a Windows 10 Cloud variant first surfaced in January, with early copies showing that it will be another simplified version of Windows designed to run Microsoft’s Universal apps from the Windows Store.

Microsoft may position Windows 10 Cloud as an alternative to Chrome OS, and as a low-cost or free OS for PC makers willing to build machines that will compete with Chromebooks. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft may have a new Surface-branded device to show off at its May event, but it’s not clear whether the Surface Pro 5 will be unveiled.

DigiTimes previously reported that Microsoft will adopt a clamshell design for the Surface Book 2 instead of existing 2-in-1 design, helping to reduce the cost of the laptop. ZDNet claims a Surface Book 2 won’t be ready in time for the May event, but it’s possible Microsoft has a separate Surface device ready to launch instead. If Microsoft is planning a separate event for early May then the company will need to announce it soon, as the Build developers conference is due to start in Seattle on May 10th.