The specialized WindowsCentral site has the answer as to the future evolution of Microsoft’s operating systems. According to the latter, the eyes must now be turned to Windows Core OS, an internal project to the software giant to release a modular architecture from the belly of the latest version, Windows 10. The new OS is intended to turn on n ‘ any type of device. We are talking here about smart phones, tablets, game consoles and PCs.
No catch-all, however, since according to what Windows Central reports, Windows Core OS is expected in two versions, one for mobile devices called Andromeda OS (not to be confused with a project of the same name on the side of the Mountain View, Google) and the other for traditional desktop and laptop environments; Polaris is the code name that Microsoft chose for Microsoft, and that’s what it’s all about in these developments.
Under Polaris, Microsoft drops native components contained in the current version of Windows 10. The operating system will integrate Cshell, a user interface to adapt to all types of screens, this, replacing the current graphical interface. “The first time you see a laptop running Windows Core OS run the interface will be similar to Windows 10,” notes WindowsCentral to indicate that this change will not be likely to disorient users. In the background however, a deep clean with the abandonment of the current file explorer, Paint and Notepad to replace them with UWP equivalents as in the case of the version for mobile devices. With Polaris, Microsoft is moving towards a subset of the current Windows 10. The aim of the maneuver is to make the OS lighter and more energy efficient.
Under Polaris, priority to universal Windows applications. WindowsCentral points out that Microsoft has opted to discontinue running Win32 applications natively. However, it is expected that this is supported through a virtualization system with execution from remote VMWare servers.
Combined with all the features, Polaris is reminiscent of Windows 10S, Microsoft’s cloud-based operating system, which also runs only UWP applications available on Microsoft’s online store. Officially launched in September 2014, it has not been successful because of poverty in Microsoft’s store apps. Polaris would be expected for 2019 and it is hard to see how Microsoft will position it against Windows 10S. As for classic Windows 10, it is now obvious that it will continue to exist. WindowsCentral also specifies that there is no gateway between the two systems.