Microsoft Announces Modern OS

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows, Windows 10 with 104 Comments

Left to right: Microsoft CVP Nick Parker, CVP Roanne Sones, and VP Rodney Clark.

In an otherwise innocuous blog post about new PCs announce at Computex, Microsoft talked up the need for something it calls Modern OS. And it does not appear to be Windows 10.

“A modern operating system is required for these new, modern PCs and innovative devices that the ecosystem will continue to build and bring to market,” Microsoft’s Nick Parker writes after running down a list of new PCs from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and MSI.

Of this Modern OS—and, yes, it’s both “Modern OS” and “a modern OS”—Parker says it:

Provides a set of enablers that deliver the foundational experiences customers expect from their devices. These enablers include “seamless updates where updates are invisibly done in the background; the update experience is deterministic, reliable, and instant with no interruptions.” So he clearly not talking about Windows 10.

Is secure by default. The state of this system, he says, “is separated from the operating system and compute is separated from applications. This protects the user from malicious attacks throughout the device lifecycle.”

Is always connected. The modern OS includes modern Wi-Fi and LTE 5G that just works. “Users never have to worry about dead spots,” he writes. “All of a user’s devices are aware and connected to each other.“

Provides sustained performance. “From the moment a user picks up their device, everything is ready to go, without having to worry about the next time the PC needs to be charged.” Sounds like he’s talking about a Qualcomm powered PC there.

Includes a set of delighters that deliver innovative human-centric experiences. These experiences are powered by AI, Parker says. “A modern OS is aware of what a user is doing tomorrow and helps them get it done, and it enhances applications making them more intelligent.

Is multi-sense. “People can use pen, voice, touch, even gaze – whatever input method a user wants to use works just as well as the keyboard and mouse.”

Provides the ultimate in form factor agility. “A modern OS has the right sensor support and posture awareness to enable the breadth of innovative form factors and applications that our partner ecosystem will deliver.”

Parker says that Microsoft is now “investing” in these “enablers and delighters” that underpin its vision for the Modern OS.

“They will provide the foundational elements for an evolution of the PC ecosystem and enable partners to deliver the more human-centric experiences of tomorrow,” he explains. “Microsoft [will also] deliver new modern experiences that take advantage of silicon advancements, powerful PCs, the cloud and power of AI. Experiences like an Asian Inking platform, cognitive recognition services that help with photo tagging and new Your Phone capabilities that let users mirror their Android phone screen on their PC and use the PC mouse and keyboard to interact with phone apps and content using either Wi-Fi or LTE.”

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