Should totally change Windows with “CorePC”

Windows Central reveals Microsoft’s focus for the next version of Windows.

Partitions the OS

Per the Windows blog, “CorePC” is the successor to “Core OS.” The goal is to build an OS that scales seamlessly with all possible hardware, while maintaining support for older programs.

With “Core OS”, Microsofts tried to throw out the old way of doing things and aimed to get rid of old code and that apps should be based on UWP, but they went too far too fast (including with Windows 10X the company gave up in 2021), and the developers didn’t keep up.

Microsoft’s plan is therefore to drop the “Core OS” approach, and instead try to create a modular and modern OS based on “CorePC” principles.

To ensure that compatibility is at its best, Microsoft has developed a platform called “Neon.”

The file system will work more like a mobile

Per Windows Central, Microsoft’s goal is to support old programs “on devices where it makes sense” – by that we assume they mean desktops, perhaps laptops, but to a lesser extent tablets and hybrid machines.

Not all Windows PCs need the full Win32 app support. CorePC will allow Microsoft to configure “editions” of Windows with varying levels of features and app compatibility.

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One of the big advantages of “CorePC” compared to Windows 11 is that the parts of the OS are separated from each other. In this way, security is improved and updates can be launched more frequently. That the OS is split up like this also means that e.g. apps have no more than read access (the OS will create new partitions) – the same will in many cases apply to the user.

“Partitioning also enables faster and more reliable system restore functionality, which is important for Chromebooks in the education sector.”

Should already be much more efficient

People Windows Central has spoken to say that “CorePC” is so much more efficient that student computers in particular will finally be able to compete against Chromebooks. The OS is already being tested internally and is 60 to 75 percent smaller than Windows 11 SE. Such a version of Windows will only run Edge, web apps, Office and Android apps.

The advantage of a modular OS is also that it can be hardware optimized to a greater extent. This, as well as security and AI, will therefore be the most important improvements.

Probably gets useful functions Apple was first with

As far as AI is concerned, dedicated hardware will be required, but Windows will be able to analyze content on the screen and provide relevant information. It is also expected that upcoming Windows will be able to identify objects and text in images, like macOS, iOS and iPadOS. Microsoft has already confirmed that AI will, unsurprisingly, be baked into Windows as they are in Microsoft 365, Bing and Edge.

Windows Central believes the new “CorePC” platform will be ready for the new Windows version (12?) codenamed “Hudson Valley” expected within the next year. Beta testing will therefore probably start this year.