Surface Phone W10

Microsoft’s vision for the future of Windows 10 is to turn the operating system into a modular system that would run on any device, unlike the current version of Windows 10. Windows Core OS is being designed for Microsoft’s foldable phone ‘Andromeda’ commonly referred as Surface Phone on the internet. Features in devices with Windows Core OS will be tailored specially to the hardware configuration the software will be running on.

Write once, run anywhere – PCs. Phones. Tablets. Laptops. Desktops

Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 truly universal. modular. This will finally allow the apps based on Universal Windows Platform to run on all devices. To make Windows 10 truly modular, Microsoft needs to make sure that the interface, apps and basic features are same across all devices.

Windows Core OS – A modular version of Windows 10

While Windows 10 is based on the same core aspects, there are still different version of the operating system – like Windows 10 Mobile. The concept of Windows Core OS is to have one version of the operating system, and the operating system will have same components but ultimately it would depend on what device the operating system will be running on. Features can be stripped away – like the support for Win32 applications will be removed from mobile-type devices.


This is obviously a sensible direction for Microsoft to be heading in, but for the success of Windows Core OS, Microsoft needs to move all applications to the Windows 10 app store. Starting with the latest Insider build, Microsoft has confirmed that the company is moving Paint to the Microsoft Store, apparently, other legacy apps will be migrated soon.

The migration of the legacy apps to the Store is an important part of the Windows Core OS project, Microsoft is basically trying to modularize the operating system.


New Windows Shell aims to produce an interface that would scale to work across a range of devices, including foldable phones, smartphones, PCs, desktops and even wearables.

Microsoft is slowly killing the desktop Control Panel and the company is moving options to the new Settings app. For example, the latest Windows 10 Build 17063 also comes with Disk cleanup in the Settings app, it has been also migrated from the Control Panel. This is also a part of Microsoft’s plan to modularize the operating system.

With CShell, Windows on small-screen devices (phones) could get an experience that’s closer to the one on a PC.

There’s no ETA as to when the Windows Core OS is expected to be available, but it’s likely that the company’s foldable mobile device (Surface Phone / Journal) will be launched with the modular version of Windows 10. We’ll hear more about the new Windows 10 changes next year.

  • Michel

    This user can’t wait to see this effort starting to bear fruit. Still comfortable with an all-Windows ecosystem, in spite of even MS’s strong suggestion to move to other OSs on the mobile front. Time will tell…

    • meh…

      I’d rather Microsoft make Windows Mobile into an ecosystem of mobile accessories that make your Android phone better. For example: hololens headgear, a watch, docking stations, etc.

  • Middle

    If MS wants to take a large share of the market for phones, they have to be able to offer the apps that run on IOS and Android. If they don’t then even those of us who will remain with MS for computers and Surface Tablets will stay with an iPhone or Android phone.

  • Mdanish Attari

    yes but main thing is app gap & penalization

  • Anne Peltier

    After switching to a Samsung Galaxy S8 to get the apps I needed that were dropped from windows, I’m really beginning to appreciate how hood windows 10 mobile really is. With Android, you have to find an app for many things W10m doesn’t automatically. Getting voice texting to work on a car has been a nightmare, contacts are a disaster, many other things that were quick access are now 2 or 3 move operations.
    I’m thinking of going back to W10m if they’d update the 950 and then just carry a cheap android phone for the 2 or 3 apps I need that I can’t get and just tether that phone to my windows phone when I need them, which isn’t that often anyway.

    • Bart Q

      Totally agree with you… And I actually hate the sluggishness every Android phone gets. EVEN WITH 4GB RAM… I also love the microphones of my 950. They are fantastic, as well as the lens quality of the camera, way better than S7 or my G5… But also the S8, it seemed to lose as well talking about low-light shots (same lens as S7)

      Think I’m lying? Listen to this joy! The left sounds just a bit dim, but that was caused by my wooden Mozo backcover ;p

      • Mayank Parmar

        Yep. Android is garbage, at least in terms of performance!

    • P.J. Taillon

      you are absolutely correct android is a logistical nightmare getting from A to B…..its software kernal is the problem….the best by likely 20 years was Blackberry 10 QNX based OS …. from my cold dead hands….its that good. No app support….no spying on you, no data collection meant no apps….but it is the best in the business….WP is 2nd.