Microsoft’s innovative Windows 10 Core OS spotted again

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Employees at Microsoft are updating their LinkedIn profiles to
mention the tech giant’s innovative Windows Core OS project.
Last year, a LinkedIn job post revealed that Windows 10’s new
modular version could use open source components.

The job post, which was spotted in 2019, stated that WCOS will
use improved Windows Open Source Components to protect users
from malicious actors and code. Windows Core OS could offer
better security with a new security posture that would
investigate vulnerabilities and resolve it.

Microsoft has never officially mentioned its plans for a
modular version of Windows 10, but the company’s own
documentation has given us hints on the development progress.

Microsoft’s modular Windows Core OS, a version of Windows that
could run on various form-factors, has been spotted in
Microsoft’s own support documentation for businesses again.
This is the second time we’ve seen Microsoft refer to Windows
Core OS in its publicly accessible document.

The document is fairly new and it was published on January 20,
2020. In the document, Microsoft has highlighted Intune support
for a variety of app types on Windows Core OS (WCOS).

WCOS support document

As per the doc, Windows Core OS supports APPX, Web apps and
other app formats. However, this is not a complete list as it
is referring to the app types that can be managed via Microsoft
Intune on WCOS.

Microsoft’s Win32
programs are sandboxed and containerized on Windows Core OS
for security and increased performance.

What is Windows Core OS?

Many have described WCOS as Microsoft’s latest attempt to
standardize a set of core components and build a universal base
for Windows that can be used across different devices. There
are different flavours or versions of WCOS, and
Windows 10X is an implementation of Windows Core OS for
dual-screen PCs.

Windows Core OS is what powers HoloLens 2 and other
flavours of the platform may not show up before the end of
the year. It’s also worth noting that the rumoured project
will offer faster Windows Updates and it will not replace the
current version of Windows 10.

All of this is unconfirmed at this time and plans can change,
but it’s clear that Microsoft is actively version on a modular
platform.

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