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Microsoft launches MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia smartphones

Today, Microsoft has launched MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones. In case you didn't know, MS-DOS was installed on millions of desktops. Well, now you can install it on your phone. "Black and white text has never looked so good," says Tom Messett from Microsoft Lumia Marketing in the launch video. Watch the video to see glimpses of the new/old OS before deciding if you should install it on your phone.

MS-DOS Mobile goes back to the basics. The user type commands to the prompt to access files and folders. The main apps are located in C:\PROGRAMS\PHONE. You can access that by typing these commands:

  • cd programs
  • cd phone
  • dir

This lists all the available apps. For example, typing camera.exe in the next line launches the camera. The camera has three modes: ASCII, B&W, and CGA. You can also switch between the front and rear camera.

The 'internet.exe' command in the same folder opens up Internet Explorer. You'll briefly hear connecting sound before launching the app. There are several other programs that you can check out:

  • Contacts - Opens the contacts list.
  • Email [address] - After user types a message and presses the done button in the application bar, the platform's email composer is launched
  • Maps [search terms] - Launches the map app with search terms
  • Market - Launches Windows Phone Store
  • Phone [number] - Launches phone app with given number
  • Review - Launches review page for this app
  • Cortana [search terms] - Launches Cortana with the search terms
  • SMS [number] - Launches SMS composer with the number

Before you start complaining how ridiculous this sounds, go check today's date. It's April Fools Day! Isn't this kind of funny? We don't want to ruin all the fun, so we suggest installing the app and navigating through the command prompts. Watch and re-watch the video for some Easter eggs as well. Hint: there's an interesting game you can play.

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

382 Comments
  • April fool.
  • Congrats, you can read.
  • Congratulations, you know how to point out the fact that someone can read, which there's nothing wrong with restating part of the article to seem like a logical comment...
  • Ha, good point. I just briefly skimmed the article thinking WTF! Had I not read that first comment, I would have been thinking, Space Quest on WP - sign me up.
  • Congratulations, you know how to point out the fact that someone can point out the fact that someone can read. There is literally no point in reiterating something clearly stated in the article. The fact that he did, meant that he DIDN'T read the article and hence my comment was sarcasm (and a joke). You may chortle heartily now.
  • No one will do that.
  • I said "chortle" damnit!!!
  • How is this April Fools? April Fools to be is an article saying Microsoft had done this. Microsoft *has actually done it!* It's a working app launcher with some cool features. ASCII photos. Hidden games. It's frickin' cool!
  • I agree! This is pretty darn cool!
  • It is an april fool. But not by Mark Guim's Windows Central. But rather an april fool by Microsoft itself. And it's looks cool for toying around and nostalgic reason. :)
  • Fuckin A man, everything was explained in the wee article. Why must we rehash it here?
    ..
    @kurotsuki, I'm not talking to you, I just hijacked your comment to make my own.
  • Haha, Aprils fool again. There's no such app
  • Really? Must be someone else's MS-DOS app that I'm currently using on my 1020 then.
  • Install the app, and see for yourself. 
  • Um you can download the app!
  • +930. It is pretty darn cool. & it works. I've been playing with it all morning :-)
  • Hidden games? Where?
  • Outstanding app & video! With extensive long-term first-hand experience using the original MS-DOS software, I'm impressed with this incredibly accurate Windows Phone app. Command Prompt, Mouse.com, Rock Paper Scissor game, Cortana with Sound Blaster...all amazing! Thank you, Microsoft; well done!
  • Agreed, Microsoft done a great job with this one.    You can even fricking use for instance EDIT Autoexec.bat  ,and the old edit program starts didn expect it to be so well made, for a joke
  • Its no April Fool.. Its a good app
  • I used to constantly have to tweak autexec and config in order to play Sierra games. They usually required more cache than I had available.
  • If you look hard enough, you may even find The Martyrs of Science / The lives of Galileo‚ Tycho Brahe‚ and Kepler
  • Yes, I discovered that too. Almost all of the files are not operational, they are text files from some sort of autobiography describing his life. I had never heard of him, but what a fascinating man he was. I was truly stunned reading about his life and accomplishments. Amazing, and kudos to whoever put this together. Super impressed.
  • April, you fool!
  • eps.exe is the hidden egg for the game
  • 'Cant wait' for them to release on other platforms
  • You April making fool of this
  • hi guys this app have some more command like win that load win 3.1 and C:\GAMES\RPS\RPS.EXE is dir of Rock Paper Scissors but fun is this game say can't load mouse.com I think Microsoft can't solve this problem 200 years later
  • I hope you're not being serious about the last statement, because Cortana will guide you how to be able to run the program properly. Yeah, olden days troubleshooting process with Cortana.
  • I nust played.. -_-
  • You thinks its April Fools, not completely but this app works. Also I got a phone update after installing this app. If you don't believe me check yourself.
  • This is going to make my life easier.
  • OS without a UI, next big thing.
  • That video made me smile.  Playing with app made even smile more.
  • That's awesome, now I will delete my phone system :v
  • You need an android version with format.
  • Haha. I'm just kiddin' for what I'm deleting the system
  • That's funny
  • Use "Format C:"
  • Lol.. XD
  • Wow this literally almost wiped the C drive
  • It can be done, but I dare not press 'y'.  
  • Doesn't work. I pressed Y
    It said, "I can't let you do that."
  • Really?
    I'm waiting for this answer.
  • Yup..nothing happens..!
  • Lol, I did too.
    And I can confirm this.
     
  • Great app!!!
  • \o/
  • Nice April fool!!
  • Download the technical preview from market store.... Hillarious.. Good one MS
  • Lol..even better...were gonna release TP for the 1520...april fools assholes...
    ...
    Microsoft Employee recounts Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview Release Day
    http://youtu.be/z3nXHAQa-gQ
  • >Microsoft Employee recounts Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview Release Day
    http://youtu.be/z3nXHAQa-gQ   OMG, but, i replaced 1520 with 929/930, that was funny...
  • It is my favorite...the dude's laugh is funny.
  • haha that is great :) Will this mean our old DOS games will work? 
    Oooh and maybe it will be possible to get a external floppy drive that can be connected via bluetooth of NFC and play games through that :)
  • now that would be brilliant,  but no modern 3.5" floppies  should be  5 1/4    :)
  • I was really hoping this was about a DOSBox port. Got a ton of old DOS games that would be great on the phone, and the phone can handle it. I've got DOSBox for Windows Mobile 5, but a device with 320x240 pixels just doesn't cut it. Oh, well, since it's the REAL DOS, I guess I can get it and tweak, right? (yeah, right.)
  • Seems faster...
  • No.
  • Dahell am I supposed to do with this? o.O
  • April's fool. Just chill. It's an "app" not the complete OS.
  • Can this app have all powers of DOS
  • April fool but still cool :)
  • Hahagahahha
  • Happy April fool day. Nice prank MSFT and windows central
  • Heh, I was actually hoping it was a real MS-DOS emulator for a moment. I started to actually get excited to play old DOS games on the phone. LOL
  • They act like this is a joke, but I would be genuinely excited if MS officially supported DOS on phones
  • Batch files!
  • Same here :D
  • DOSBox would be an outstanding thing to have on Windows Phone. Android has it, so Android can emulate MS-DOS, but Microsoft phones can't. Well, I used to have it on my old Windows Mobile 5 but can't get it on something that could actually handle it.
  • Wow! This absolutely shines on the ClearBlack display!
  • Haha
  • My thoughts exactly!
  • Yes awesome i wanted that
  • Oooh, I just started Windows 3.1 though this (In the windows folder). Nice details :)
  • No need to go to windows folder! Just type win
  • How?
  • In dos, it's call the PATH command, it shows what the path is where you can type a command from any folder that is in the path. Normally back in Windows 3.1 days, the Windows folder was in the path, so anywhere on the drive, you could type "win.com" and windows would start...
  • Sweet! If you click on Calendar it creates an April Fools Day entry.
  • April fool banaya toh unko gussa aaya :);)
  • How do you return to the c disk?
  • C: Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Really? It doesn't work for me.. Would say cd does the trick.. But it doesn't.. More tips? :D
  • cd.. goes one folder back.
  • I just use cd .. to get back (the .. means go up one directory). If I knew a better way, I'd tell you, but I'm a Unix/BASH kind of guy myself, DOS is a weird place for me.
  • cd /d c:\
  • Tysm..
  • CD means change directory. You can go to C drive by CD\C:
  • cd \
  • Seems faster :)
  • Aweeesome! Lol now can I write my C++ programs and execute them on my phone
  • Maybe .bat files, line by line
  • amzaing.... 
  • The best command is CAMERA, which actually will save pixelated images to your camera roll. Nice one, Microsoft!
  • I agree! I immediately took several photos. :)
  • Not only that, but you can also create freaking ASCII photos!
  • Oh my god rps.exe is the best and needs to be a standalone game. Not even kidding. Holy shheeeeee
  • Wait.. How did you open rps? I go to games (cd games) and then rps.exe but doesn't work
  • Cortana guides you on how to start the game by using a few commands.
  • Eehm. And how do you open Cortana? Not in the programs..
  • Do it like this, as separate line commands, hitting enter after each one, then Cortana will walk you through it: cd games cd rps rps.exe    
  • you need to cd rps folder as well. 
    remember to use the Dir command if in doubt :)
  • Edit command works too.
  • No md.
  • I have posted detailed steps here https://www.facebook.com/imCyberKing/posts/954951621202308
  • <•> How to Play RPS.exe (Rock Paper Scissor Game) in MS-DOS Mobile App (http://bit.ly/MS-DOSMobileApp) launched by #Microsoft http://caminsx.com/bitgl1/?src=644 #‎MSDOSMobile‬ ‪#‎AchieveMore‬
  • <•> How to Play RPS.exe (Rock Paper Scissor Game) in MS-DOS Mobile App (http://bit.ly/MS-DOSMobileApp) launched by #Microsoft https://www.facebook.com/imCyberKing/posts/954951621202308 #‎MSDOSMobile‬ ‪#‎AchieveMore‬
  • just getting it to start - ooh that is so funny :)
  • Help! I don't know code but I want to do this! Gimme a cheat sheet!
  • cd = change directory (in dos directories are folders)
    dir = this will show you a list of folders and files in the directory. if you see a file with .exe or .com it means you can execute them.
    cd.. = go up a directory
    cd c:\ = will take you back to top so from c:\ type: dir
    cd games
    dir see how you go with this. i won't give it all away cause that's half of the fun. one other tip that you wouldn't know either is the DOS directory usually contains setup executables, e.g. MOUSE.COM. this will make sense once you run the game :)
  • so where can I find this mouse.exe or touch.exe? :)
  • re-read my comment... but having said that the DOS directory is set in the path environment variable so you can just type 'mouse' or 'touch' from any where :) in simple terms, literally just type mouse. then if that doesn't work ;) type touch. then try running the game again.    
  • You have to type DIR to see if the EXE is even in that folder... If its not, you can't load it. I haven't played around with it yet, but I'm guessing it must not be in the games directory if its not loading from there. Might be in the phone directory.
  • Seems older
  • You my friend win best comment here for that !  
  • Thought the same but didn't write darn it xD
  • Where do you want to go today?
  • Best app ever! 
  • This is awesome. I love the idea of MS-DOS on my phone.
  • Just release the goddamn preview for phones
  • You do not deserve to be called a "customer" bro. I am just feeling sad for you.
  • What if this is actually the preview? I like it. No hamburgers, no rounded picture boxes... And it's so fast.
  • Heh this is great . Now if only i could play Dungeon Master in my DOS system......
  • Hahahahahaa!!!
  • Yesssssssss. Finally. Maybe soon we can play our old games like doom and shadow warrior
  • This is great I love the final Easter egg it explains it all
  • Final?
  • Love it
  • mmm I though this was about ms releasing a CMD app for phones, but anyway I can brag the hell out of this people will think my phone is running real badass windows desktop pc master race x3 :P
  • Coolest app ever!
  • I've been looking for a way to play Zork on mobile!
  • Wish I had a full CMD app on windows phone with similar functions like the PC version. Wasn't fooled by this, just thought it looked cool.
  • A PowerShell app for remote management of servers, azure, etc would be great.
  • I've been looking for a way to play Zork once again!
  • Download the Frotz.Net app or "Text Adventures Free" although I've only tried the first one. It's easy to find the z-code files for the games online... I used to love all the Infocom text adventures!
  • Any body C:\>dir gives you Games, DOS, Programs, Temp, system, Windows. Where do I go from there?
  • Wherever you want to. ;) Try playing the game inside games folder.
  • I'm lost! Idk how to DOS... :(
  • oh the yoof of today...   8-)
  • How to play games.
  • I don't know code.. I can get to dir. But idk how to get further. IDK the file rules..
  • See my reply above...
  • cd Games
    And so on..
  • It's not code... Just an OS you're probably too young to have used.
  • Indeed. I started with XP and ME.
  • C:\ cd games, or programs etc ;)
  • Sweet, camera is wicked.
  • Love the RPS game easter egg.
  • It's hilarious to use MS-DOS on a phone! :D Happy April Fools, everyone!
  • Where can I file bug reports? cd programs
    cd ..\games Shows C:\PROGRAMS\..\GAMES in the prompt instead of C:\GAMES (even though the directory listing is correct).
  • -_-
  • Rock Paper Scissors works great in this brand new OS, absolutely no lag!
  • ios.exe that's a good one MS
  • Are you referring to IO.SYS? If so, that's not an iOS reference - IO.SYS was an MS-DOS file that contained IO drivers loaded during startup.
  • At first I figured it was JUST an April fool's joke, but to actually have an app is just awesome! Nice work MS! And that camera! HAHAHAHA LOVE IT!!!
  • Really nice prank wcentral..... I like it
  • This was Microsoft not Windows Central
  • Can't run ipconfig or ping command ☹
  • Coming in the next update. :D :P
  • well those commands wherent in original DOS if i remember correctly , will have to start up DOS 1 om my PC to check :)
  • ...... comedy is hard.
  • The camera does not work in my Ativ S. Closing the app when I try to start.
  • Designed for Lumia, sorry :/
  • On my 920 it crashes as well.
  • Works perfectly on my 920.
  • Not true. Using it on my Blu Win HD and works fine.
  • It works just fine on mine. Have you tried restarting your phone?
  • Same problem here, i.e. camera not working on Ativ S. Other commands seem to work, i.e. Contacts, SMS. I am using Windows Phone 8.1.
  • Well I've never heard abt this writer... Is he new in wcentral??
  • ROFL :) visit more often.
  • Haha lol
  • you see this would actually be a hit for some geeks I know. I have a friend who would probably snap their hands off for this OS Camera.exe LOL
  • Win
  • Type win
  • Ha! hilarious
  • Wow. Playing games and being asked to choose Sound Blaster, and then being booted out and told to run MOUSE.COM. So many memories ...
  • You got me Microsoft... :P most geeky way of getting fooled 
  • Woah. Legacy.
  • Can't stop laughing xD MS go home you're drunk!
  • Awesome! Love that it works with wp8 for those of us without 8.1. However, camera doesn't work on ATIV S.
  • Great memories working and play on DOS..... Thanks MS for bringme those memories.
  • Try format c:
  • Awesome haha
  • Fuck we don't need this shit.
  • Lol good one guys April fools
  • I just started the internet with my phone on loud volume and it cracked up the entire office!
  • This one just made my day. Seriously :p
  • Seriously adorable! Nice one :)
  • Hahaha troll
  • Camera crashes on my HTC One M8 :(
  • Lol nice one
  • I totally fell for it. A pity its not "real"!
  • If you do C:\> the app will close. Awesome!
  • Ping -t -l https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • GG Microsoft
  • How do u start the game? RPS.exe doesn't work
  • Oh I got it to work :-). cd rps -> rps.exe have fun!
  • Go to cd games first before those steps
  • Rps.exe is invalid command when I entered it.
  • R u sure u did cd games -> cd rps -> rps.exe? It works for me
  • thnks mate it works  
  • Seriously, when is Dosbox coming for Windows Phone 10? So I can play old games!
  • Awesome thought. Would love to play Dave on Dosbox
  • Probably when Windows Phone is launched on Intel CPUs this way Dosbox doesn't need to get a lot of rework on ARM processors.  I looked in Intel website for phones with Intel CPU and right now there are only Android handsets with Intel from ASUS, Lenovo, Motorola but nothing for Windows Phone.
  • rps.exe is a nice game. Loved camera.exe with 3 filters. Kudos, MSFT! :D
  • How did you get to it?
  • cd games cd rps rps i won't tell you the next steps so i don't ruin the fun. but there is a game there that definitely works :)
  • THAT video though. This is how MS should market their products.
  • Ingenious ;D
  • Lol good one! An April Fools joke for sure.
  • the camera is damn nice!
  • Took me a while to find the download link but now that it's installed, it seems faster. Thanks for the great tip.
  • Anyone tried accessing the floppy drive? :D
  • Thanks pal, but I don't have a floppy disk. I don't want to harm my floppy drive.     oh wait...
  • Cool :P But built-in SSH would be great
  • I tried it. It keeps crashing on me. Seems faster though.
  • YES.
  • She said to get it from "The Marketplace". How old is this video?
  • That was a hint
  • How to play games in this app
  • I really enjoyed this, very clever you guys... =P
  • Ha, ha. Super hilarious :))
  • Legendary...
    P/s: Love it when cortana instructed you to enter the necessary command before you get to play rps... Nice one MSFT...
  • How..?
  • Cd games
    Cd rps
    Rps.exe
    Enjoy!!
  • Thnx..
  • Try Edit autoexec.bat
  • Fun! It saves the changes, but it doesn't execute the saved version. :(
  • Yes, unfortunately. It would be useful for other things in the app if it did.
  • cd windows win Hahahaha cool
  • Tysm bro.. (:
  • lol The Media Player in 3.1 mode...
  • lol.   Seems Older is the best comment !
  • This is so good and hopefully it is made into a full fledged CLI some day.
  • Oh yes, and when you launch Windows and launch Media Player, it plays PASSPORT.MID !
  • Sorry, not PASSPORT but CANYON
  • Yes! I literally listened to that thing over and over again years ago--I miss my old wavetable sound card.
  • Awesomeness. #Salute
  • hahahaha... excellent
  • Type internet and see the magic
  • I had DOS on a phone in 2000. The Nokia Communicator 9110. It ran on an AMD 486.
  • Windows Central should consider a photo contest using the CGA camera. Your selfies will never be the same!
  • =D
  • Nice app
  • OMG! Nice Microsoft!
  • Actually a powershell environment would be pretty handy, especially if you could hook into background tasks and live tile APIs - then the nerds could make their own roll-your-own live tiles right from powershell scripting. :-)
  • I type DIR I get a directory. How do I open a file after I get to the directory?
  • Yourfilename.exe
  • Zork zork zork
  • RPS.exe though
  • Type cd space the name of the folder
  • Type the file name and .exe to open a file in the folder
  • Windows 3.1 included lol
  • There are more easter eggs in there. You should look around and try other commands too.
    There is "LIFE OF TYCHO BRAHE
    " somewhere. ;) good luck.
    Hint hint: Use Edit command to open files.
  • towel.blinkenlights.nl, amiright?
  • that'd be epic
  • Your joystick must be broken , But that's not an excuse ... :D The 'MEM' thing was cool :D lol MSFT
  • Wtf!!! Omg!!! Awesome!! Surprised!
  • Dang this sounds pretty cool honestly thought it was a new feature
  • Try ping
  • Let me guess. There is going to Be an article today saying the next phone build is out?
  • Bad guess
  • It's fun! So many remembrances...
  • Plz write an article about the codings / how to use this app.
  • Such a great job for an April Fools joke!
  • Pfft, who needs tiles when you can have monochrome text instead :-P
  • Ugh. Fooled me. -,-
  • Nice
  • Ugh. Fooled me. -,-
  • This is going to revolutionize the industry!
  • You caught me. Was already looking for the link.
  • 'Mouse not found' lol
  • Windows 3.1?!! LOL LOL LOL!
  • There's a book hidden.
    Just type 'type msdos.sys' for the first chapter
  • Haha, almost all .sys files have a chapter!
  • Its an April Fool trick...!
  • Best app released by MS ;)
  • At first I thought this was a WC April Fools article. Amazing when I found out it's actually a Microsoft April Fools and the app exists
  • I want to play msdos game called "elite" :)
  • If only they spent as much love ont their actual apps as they did on this joke.
  • Wow you're a downer aren't you?
  • Elite was the best game ever
  • This is giving me an in depth look at my phone. Using it now and enjoying it
  • Lol try change to the floppy drive ;)
  • I love the comment "640k ought to be enough for anyone" :D Also I somehow like this program. If they could implement it as fully working console...
  • I can't find anymore cool things :( I reckon they will keep adding more stuff
  • Jokes apart, it would be great to have a powershell console universal app
  • ASCII CAMERA IS AWESOME  
  • How is it format c:
  • Lumia owners are already celebrating the anniversary today with so many deadlines missed out by MS #HappyFooling
  • I've wished once or twice there really were a DOS emulator like DOSbox on Windows Phone...there were DOS games that were just so unique and downright awesome.
  • You need to recharge your battery mate!
  • Awsome app! Nostalgia!
  • Thank you.
  • I was fooled
  • Much fun!
  • Transport tycoon, rollercoaster tycoon? Theme hospital?
  • Omg, even Windows 3.1 included!
  • Works great! Setting up my highmem in my config.sys so I can get Wing Commander running! DEVICE=C:\Windows\HIMEM.SYS
    DOS=HIGH,UMB
    DEVICE=C:\Windows\EMM386.EXE NOEMS
  • I love Microsoft
  • No DEBUG.EXE, no download...
  • Loving it. It's pure nostalgia. :)
  • Hahahaha There is so much fun in this. Try the GAMES directory and follow how Cortana directs you to run the RPS.EXE game
  • Definitely brings back memories (though I hate to admit that I am old enough to have used it before Windows came along).
  • Any useful commands? ,I only used "exit":P
  • Use "help" it will show you the command full PC program...
  • No joke: http://joaoflux.net/2013/10/29/insert-your-windows-installation-disc-into-your-windows-phone/
  • Fully hot
  • I love it! One of the better April fools articles!
  • Needs the Oregon Trail game to really be complete :-)
  • Awesome.... Just that
  • Carmen San Deigo game next please.
  • Rock Paper Scissors hahaha!
  • Younger kids clearly not getting this. Love it. RPS haha!
  • Since my phone doesn't have access to the Win10TP, this may be the next best thing, haha!
  • Try "a:" or "b:"
  • It's actually not an April fool :P
  • Wen in India?
  • Type 'help' for more commands
  • I have seen the future, and now I can return to the past. Loved my Command Line Interface where you actually had to know how things work to get things done. Already posted my Ascii selfie. I love this thing. I wont be getting much done today now.
  • Did anyone else get RPS working. You have to go thru a bit to do it, but you get a game!  
  • It's a throw-back to the good ol' days when, in order to play some DOS games, you had to jump through hoops like these.  There was no DirectX back then.
  • It may be from Microsoft Mobile but it's not just for Lumias.
  • Seems faster.
  • Definitely an upgrade from Windows 10. No hamburgers.
  • I'm loving the ASCII camera, it's amazing.  The Cortana integration is strangely and wonderfully just what DOS was missing and just seems to fit.  Good job Microsoft, props to you.  Ah well, better get back to work.
  • Experienced pure view camera which captures living images in raw format on my Lumia 520
  • Added this to apps corner and gave it to my dad .
  • Ugh.. It's that day today. I'm so naive lol
  • Can we format drive C: With this app?
    It's feels risky
  • It's an app, not an OS, try it out, you'll enjoy it for what it is.
  • Did you try the Rock Paper Scissors game? Check the GAMES folder! :D
  • Next: Microsoft releases Windows 95 on Android and iOS, while promising it'll come some day for it's own phones.
  • Mouse.com will not work try typing touch.com then Cortana will guide u.
  • This needs to become a universal app.
  • Thank you for this laugh!!
  • Microsoft has gone all out on this app, fantastic!! This app alone beats Apple's iOS! Muahahah!!
  • Tried format C: after some dashes appeared Cortana spoke to me! Look what she said!
    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=91b6e00704ffda35!457479&authkey=!A...
  • Like others here, i must congratulate Microsoft (and the Lumia team?) on this outstanding idea... i didnt realise it was an app for a few minutes... went and downloaded it (through the web link and sent to the phone) and it actually works just like MSDOS used to. Wow. Simply an amazing piece of effort. Thanks again Microsoft :) (No way that Android or iOS has anything this cool)
  • Like a liked their ms-dos style ui for SkyDrive
  • Haha. This is cool. BTW there is a true command line app. It's called Console WP8. Although limited due to lack of access to system APIs, it's a pretty useful tool. I wish Microsoft makes a Powershell port for WP. Or maybe they can update this app into a truly powerful one.
  • Nice!
  • TYPE IO.SYS
  • The 'joke' part of this whole thing is that Microsoft actually released this on Windows Phone first, instead of iOS and Android. Nothing like turning reality up on its head. Zing. Joking aside, this is actually a pretty fun little app. I'd actually like to see them add more features to it.
  • Ah Tycho Brahe
  • Seems faster.
  • haha, TouchMouse v.1.1 Alpha 1 installed an CNI.
  • Awesome!!...im running msdos mobile...
  • I love how having DOS on the phone makes my phone the cool one in my office.  
  • The article states this is for Lumia phones, but it installs on others as well. I got it for my HTC one M8. Good stuff Microsoft.
  • For the region without Cortana, can use the "search" command instead
  • type  a: Hahah
  • How to open sdcard? Is it possible?
  • The camera is brilliant.
  • Akiko is kinda fine.
  • No dos game ??
  • Got it,
    cd games
    cd rps
    rps.exe
    now follow instructions
  • Back in my day, MS-DOS (vs. 2.0) was just one 5.25" floppy (read 365k).  Even that floppy had about 50k free.  The phone version on the other hand is 8MB.  Huge!
  • C:\windows win.com Runs a WIndows 3.1 syled app launcher... I just installed it before watching any videos or anything on it.. Neat, I started using Windows back in the Dos 5.0 and Windows 3.0 (not 3.1) Could not do a IPCONFIG, this would of been usefull when troubleshooting wireless networks, etc..
  • The trash talk in the RPS game is really really funny. I kept playing just to read it. "I assembled you into my female dog" and "Your mother is disappointed in your performance and you must do her washing" are a few of the better examples.
  • What am I suppose to do with this, apart from using it at work which I am guessing is the samething as Genesis?
  • I would actually like a true dos emulator on my phone.
  • Nice!!! It's so fun to remember those days. Thanks MS
  • I love it! love it! Love the fact that it actually is a thing and not just a bogus article! Especially the ASCII photos. Coolest thing Microsoft has done in a while!
  • It's pretty fun. Sending people messages through it is hilarious
  • Looks faster
  • The funny thing is, one of my personal proof-of-concepts projects was trying to make a command line for windows phone. If this proves to be popular, I might think about giving it some serious polish and releasing it.
  • Md command to make folders of not supported. Also we can't access the SD card with this app.
  • Nice to have the origins of Windows on the phone lol don't work ipconfig and flush dns
  • whish they could have added DOOM into this. then It would have been over the top.
  • +925... And Dune!
  • Just installed the app, is great, It is the first time I talk with Cortana since I live in Mexico, it has a great voice, I hope Cortana arrives to Latin America in same english language, we don't want spanish.
  • Why are there chapters about Tycho Brahe hidden in the files? Seems weird.
  • Echo I love this!
  • c:>camera is one ridiculously awesome app. Give it a try.
  • Please make this for Android too.
  • Seems faster
  • Is there an Android install?
  • This is neat, DOS for Windows Phone, beautiful :)
  • It works on non Lumia phones too! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • i love this!
  • C:\> a: Love it!
  • I found and played the easter egg rps.exe(ROCK PAPER SCISSOR), by loading mouse first and, when i played i travelled back to the time. Awesome experience ms-dos, and i did this on my lumia 520 so a little lag was there