Microsoft has been working on a secretive Windows Core OS as
the underpinnings of its future iterations of Windows 10. While
Microsoft hasn’t officially announced the project, multiple
references to Windows Core OS have
appeared in official documents and LinkedIn job posts last
Windows 10X, which was announced in October 2019, is also
based on the little spoken Windows Core OS. According to
previous reports, Windows Core OS is Microsoft’s modular
platform and it can be shrunk down to meet the needs of
different form factors such as HoloLens.
Microsoft watchers have described Windows Core OS as the
successor to Windows OneCore and it is a combination of UWP,
PWAs, Win32 apps, and the C-Shell (composable).
Today, we have spotted
a LinkedIn page from Microsoft and it contains multiple
references to ‘Windows Core OS’ for Windows 10, Xbox and even
Windows Mixed Reality.
As per a profile, the future iterations of Windows 10, HoloLens
and Xbox would be based on Windows Core OS.
“On the team building Windows Core OS: the foundation for
future iterations of Windows 10, Windows Mixed Reality
(HoloLens), and Xbox system software. Currently working on
Windows 10X, the operating system for dual-screen PCs like the
Surface Neo – available holiday 2020,” the profile of Microsoft
What’s more interesting, however, is that Windows Core OS has
also been touted as the future iterations of Xbox.
This could be pointing to long rumoured ‘GameCore’, which is
said to be an underlying component and it will reportedly allow
game developers to ‘build once, run everywhere’.
GameCore-supported games will be an option for devs who want to
support multiple Microsoft platforms.
GameCore support could come with the next-gen Xbox console.
In addition, a Microsoft Careers listing for a senior software
that Microsoft’s Mixed Reality team is working on innovative
technologies with Windows Core OS.
All these reports suggest that Microsoft is slowly but surely
making efforts to truly merge its Windows operating system into
one. The software giant wants all of its consumer products to
be based on the same operating system, and a Microsoft job
posting previously stated that (WCOS) will be “the OS shared
across all new devices.”