What you need to know
- Microsoft has started talking about a new "modern OS" for new devices.
- Seamless updates among other things have been confirmed.
A plethora of new Windows PCs have been announced at Computex this week, many featuring unique designs and dual-screen setups. We're in an era of change for Windows PCs, and that's a great thing. But it's not just the hardware that's changing, it's the software too. With Windows Core OS in the works, and coming soon, Microsoft has finally started building a narrative for this new OS, laying the foundations for what's to come.
In a post on the Windows Blog, Microsoft describes a new and modern OS designed to run on mobile device experiences like laptops, foldable tablets, dual-screen PCs, and more. While not mentioned by name, Microsoft is likely referring to Windows Lite, as that is the version of Windows Core OS that's being built for those device types. It's a new, modern, lightweight version of Windows designed with the web front and center.
In another blog post, Microsoft goes into even more detail about its modern OS, detailing several key areas it's focused on with building a modern OS:
- Seamless updates.
- Secure by default.
- Always connected.
- Sustained performance.
- Cloud connected.
- Form factor agilty.
Microsoft still isn't using the "Windows Core OS" name, referring to it only as "modern OS" for the time being, but the company has confirmed a few things we've been expecting to be part of Windows Core OS, including seamless updates, that should enable Windows Core OS devices to update in under a minute during a reboot. Microsoft also touts performance that doesn't degrade and form factor agility, likely referring to the new modern shell experiences that can adapt on the fly, and better security that protects users from attacks.
It's an exciting time for Windows devices, and this is just the start. Things are only going to get more interesting as we enter into 2020. Windows Core OS is the future of Windows, and is vital to the future of Windows devices. Our sources tell us we might start hearing about Windows Lite later this year, possibly in October if Microsoft is able to stick to its schedule. In the meantime, are you looking forward to Windows Core OS? Let us know in the comments.
The full extract referring to the modern OS is below:
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