Will Microsoft adopt the codename ``Core PC'' that realizes high-speed update and modularization with the next-generation OS ``Windows 12''?
rumored that Microsoft is working on the development of `` Windows 12 '', the next-generation version of Windows, but an update is planned to modernize Windows, codenamed `` Core PC ''. reports Windows Central.
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Over the years, Microsoft has worked to modernize the Windows platform. One of the latest examples of this effort is called ' Windows Core OS '. The Windows Core OS is lightweight, installs updates quickly, strips out legacy features and app compatibility in favor of safety, and favors a modular Universal Windows Platform (UWP).
Unfortunately, Microsoft never shipped the Windows Core OS for traditional PC form factors. Windows 10X was also tested internally for several months as one of the Windows Core OS, but the project was eventually canceled in 2021.
Since then, attempts to introduce Windows Core OS for conventional PC form factors have stopped, but Windows Central reports that Microsoft has not yet given up on the idea of Windows Core OS.
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According to sources familiar with Microsoft's inside information, the company plans to modernize the Windows platform, using the same innovations it had when working on the Windows Core OS. In the Windows Core OS, the idea of 'eliminating the compatibility of legacy functions and applications' was adopted, but in the project codenamed 'Core PC' reported this time, the native compatibility of Win32 applications was also considered. It seems that
Microsoft seems to be designing a modular and customizable OS so that Core PC can be used for various form factors. By modularizing the OS, Microsoft will be able to freely configure various variations of Windows, such as 'Windows compatible with Win32 applications' and 'Windows not compatible with Win32 applications'.
The major difference between Core PC and Windows shipped at the time of writing the article is that Core PC has the same ``separation state'' as Windows Core OS. Isolation provides faster updates by preparing a read-only partition that users and third-party apps cannot access.
The version of Windows at the time of writing this article has not been isolated. So the whole system will be installed on a single writable partition. In other words, system files, user data, and program files are all saved in the same place. On the other hand, Core PC divides the OS into multiple partitions and saves it, so it is possible to speed up the OS update. In addition, Windows Central points out that the isolated state will allow faster and more reliable system resets, and may compete with Chromebooks, which are widely used in the educational field.
In addition, Microsoft talks about the isolation state in the developer event held in 2020. The situation can be confirmed around 22 minutes and 40 seconds in the following video.
While the Windows Core OS was an effort to 'rebuild' Windows from scratch without compatibility with traditional applications, the Core PC starts with a complete Windows and modularizes the OS. It is meant to be decomposable. Support your system while natively supporting legacy apps and workflows as needed.
According to sources, Core PC will allow Microsoft to create a version that completely competes with Chromebooks in Windows footprint, performance and features. We have already built Windows for low-end educational PCs that can only use Microsoft Edge, web apps, Android apps, and Office apps, which is about 60-75% better than Windows 11 SE in our initial tests. I have succeeded in reducing the file size.
Microsoft is also working on the development of a fully functional Core PC, which seems to be expected to speed up OS updates and improve security by adopting an isolated state. In addition, Microsoft is also working on a compatibility layer called 'Neon' to allow legacy apps to be used while adopting an isolated state on Core PCs.
In addition, Microsoft is also developing a silicon-optimized version of Core PC. The plan is to remove traditional overhead, focus on AI capabilities, and vertically optimize the hardware and software experience much like Apple's Apple Silicon .
AI capabilities in development include the ability for Windows to analyze the content being displayed and provide contextual prompts to jumpstart projects and apps based on this. Windows can sometimes identify objects and text in images, allowing users to easily cut those items and paste them elsewhere. In some cases, AI functions under development require dedicated hardware.
There is a good chance that Core PC will quietly disappear without being commercialized like Windows Core OS, but Microsoft plans to release Core PC in the next major version of Windows 12 (tentative name) scheduled to be released in 2024. It is clear that you are planning to adopt the idea of
In addition, Windows Central has asked Microsoft to comment on Core PC, but the company seems to have refused to comment.