Windows Core OS

Microsoft is working on a new modular version of Windows 10 operating system dubbed ‘Windows Core OS’. The new version of Windows 10 comes with Composable Shell (CShell) for all form-factor including Microsoft’s foldable phone device. Today, yet another leak has confirmed that Microsoft’s Andromeda is real and might be coming sooner than expected.

Microsoft enthusiast Walking Cat has discovered Windows Composable Shell (CShell) while digging the code in the latest version of Windows 10 Redstone 4. The Windows Core OS includes CShell of Andromeda, Polaris and even ‘Continuum Phone’.

Windows Core OS has many CShell, Andromeda is one of them. Adaptive Shell Andromeda is actually a mobile composer in Windows Core OS, and it would be able to run on desktops in tablet mode with an interface similar to Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Microsoft’s Andromeda is also supposed to power the company’s upcoming foldable phone. In Windows Core OS, the system will share the same kernel and components, only the Shell will be different.

Andromeda OS

Microsoft enthusiast Walking Cat also shared a proof confirming that the foldable Andromeda (Surface Phone) might support call dialer and ’emergency dialer’, though we are not sure whether this is related to Skype or phone capabilities of the device. “Files inside composers from 17025, Andromeda has CallingController/EmergencyDialer like phone composer, also there are Side By SideWindowingPolicy / SingleSide WindowingPolicy,” Walking Cat tweeted.

Polaris (CShell) spotted

Microsoft’s first attempt to launch Windows PCs with apps only from the Windows Store failed, due to a number of issues but mainly because of lack of apps. Microsoft is working on Windows Core OS for desktop with Polaris Shell which is essentially a new modern version of Windows 10 and RT, but with more features and better interface.

Windows 10 S isn’t successful either, the company is, however, working on Polaris which is a lightweight version of Windows 10, without legacy applications and some components. Polaris could see daylight next year, and it will support Win32 applications such as Photoshop through emulation or any similar tech.

Windows Core OS ‘Polaris’ is designed for users who spend most of the time browsing the web and watching the entertainment videos. With Windows Core OS, Microsoft aims to remove Win32 entirely, wherever possible. The operating system would apparently lack some features but since Microsoft is not killing Windows 10 Pro, power users can still use original Windows 10 operating system.

  • Alfred Soyemi

    “Windows Core OS ‘Polaris’ is designed for users who spend most of the
    time browsing the web and watching the entertainment videos. With
    Windows Core OS, Microsoft aims to remove Win32 entirely, wherever
    possible. The operating system would apparently lack some features but
    since Microsoft is not killing Windows 10 Pro, power users can still use
    original Windows 10 operating system.”

    This sounds like Windows RT and I can tell you right now, that will not be good at all

    • WPJ

      That _will_ be good. RT was a little too early and they didn’t have everything ready by then. 99% of people do just that (watch videos and chat) and their regular video watching experience is beset by viruses and what-not-ware. If they provide an Android-like experience on Windows for those people, and especially if it comes preinstalled on notebooks expect a huge surge in usage. The further we go the more people go online and those people don’t need Win32 apps or anything special really.

  • Geoff

    I don’t understand why Microsoft doesn’t tell us what they’re up to.

    Generally, it’s stupid to announce a future product too early. Customers hear about the future product and they want it. So they don’t buy the *current* product. Revenues stall.
    That’s why companies are so secretive.

    But Windows Mobile sales are now ‘zero’. There is no risk at all to current sales, because there are none.

    In fact, a big announcement now might actually stall the current sales of competing devices – and that would be in Microsoft’s favour.

    So . . . Why doesn’t Microsoft announce their future foldable mobile device, whatever it is?

    • Pallav

      Microsoft’s PR plans for Mobile has always been a mystery to the consumers.