Microsoft has big plans for Windows. Executive Editor Daniel Rubino explains in the video below why codename Polaris will be significant for consumers, the education market, and enterprises.
Polaris is the name for Microsoft’s effort to build a desktop Shell using C-Shell that will run on top of the Windows Core OS, as the Italian Surface blog, along with others, claimed last Fall.
Rest easy, UWP haters/doubters: Polaris is not meant to replace the current Windows 10 desktop shell on today’s Windows 7/8/10 PCs. Polaris is a shell running on top of Windows Core OS, not Windows as it currently exists. Who knows if and when Polaris will ever actually come together. It’s definitely more of a what-if kind of “project” than “product” for now.
Some day… maybe… possibly, Polaris plus Windows Core OS plus C-Shell could (theoretically, at least) replace Windows 10 S as Microsoft’s attempt at providing a “modern” PC operating system that will only run UWP apps and have better battery life. Maybe it will even finally give Microsoft a way to deliver Continuum — the ability to use a Windows mobile device with a larger screen and a keyboard — in a way that makes more sense.
Microsoft execs, unsurprisingly, aren’t willing to talk about Windows Core OS, C-Shell and/or Polaris. It’s OEMs and developers, not end users, who actually will need to understand these products and projects, so I’m not sure how/when/if Microsoft will disclose anything about them publicly.
Here’s a quick look at what Core OS could look like