Microsoft’s working on a new OS for dual-screen devices


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Recent reports provide an indication that Microsoft is potentially working on a new version of Windows Shell that is expected to be running on top of Windows Core OS. Moreover, dual-screen devices hardware and software devices are currently under development.  We can expect a new product category to be released later his year.

Microsoft plans to offer tough competition to Google’s Chromebook launched for the educational sector. The tech giant is reportedly working on an upcoming version of Windows that has been aimed to target low-end affordable devices and dual-screen laptops. 

All these efforts are being done in order to enhance the modularity of the Windows operating system.

There’s a new project in the pipeline

Rumours suggest that Microsoft has been working on a couple of breakthrough projects right now. The first one is  ‘Andromeda‘ (a dual-screen mobile device), a larger dual-screen device that is reportedly codenamed ‘Centaurus’.

Centaurus is expected to come with two large displays. Microsoft has not shared any details regarding the development of Centaurus but it is expected to hit the store in April 2019.

Moreover,  the company is also working to make Windows more modular with the development of the Windows Core Operating System (Windows Core OS/WCOS).

Code names everywhere

Each form-factors will be comprised in different shells in Windows Core OS. For example, AndromedaOS is the first one, the second one is Surface Hub 2 Shell codenamed  ‘Aruba’ and finally, Oasis is the codename for Holographic Shell for HoloLens 2.

Furthermore, Microsoft plans to bring significant changes with the introduction of a simplified version of Windows named as ‘Windows Lite‘ or simply ‘Lite’.

According to Mary Jo Foley, a combination of Lite’s Shell and Windows Core OS might be codenamed as Santorini. The report further stated that Santorini is expected to be the Lite shell and run on dual-screen devices.

We can expect the things to be simpler with the release of respective devices as all those codenames are intended for internal development. 

The report also suggests that Microsoft plans to ensure that Santorini still supports Win32 apps. The platform will be able to run those apps in containers for safety reasons. While these applications will be available to the users directly from any download site. The tech giant is still looking for ways to make that happen. 

All these latest versions of windows that are currently under development aim to target separate markets. While it remains to be seen that when they are going to be launched for the users as the implementation has already been delayed various times.

Comments down below do you think that all those implementations are really going to make any difference?

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