The existence of Microsoft Windows Core OS is increasingly gaining credibility. The intriguing, optimized and most likely simplified version of Windows 10 OS, may power a new line of powerful, and more importantly foldable, computers, codenamed ‘Microsoft Centaurus’, claim several analysts. Now a listing on the popular benchmarking platform Geekbench indicates Microsoft is actively working on Windows Core OS, also referred to as WCOS. Apart from the mention of the secret, and as yet unconfirmed version of Windows 10 OS, the listing also includes a few hardware details, which could indicate the specifications of the Microsoft Centaurus foldable PC which could feature dual displays.
Microsoft Windows Core OS Debuts On Geekbench, Running On A Virtual Machine:
Microsoft has scheduled a big event on October 2. The company is expected to launch several cutting-edge products that come under the Surface sub-brand. In other words, buyers should expect the new Surface Pro Laptops and other related accessories. However, several rumors indicate Microsoft is also expected to showcase its foldable smartphone, which was hereto codenamed Centaurus.
The powerful, foldable Centaurus smartphone, possibly with powerful dual displays, would be at almost par desktops and ultra-portable laptops in terms of computing power. However, instead of a full-fledged Windows 10, which would obviously be a little too heavy for the hardware and battery to support, the device could run on a modified and most likely stripped-down version of Windows 10 OS. Experts claim it is this version of Windows 10 operating system that is referred to as the Window Core OS.
The listing that appeared on Geekbench, appears to have been created on September 20. It is by far the strongest indicator that Microsoft is testing the WCOS. Given the pace of development and the fact that was capable of running benchmark tests, it is quite likely that WCOS and the hardware on which it will run, are being optimized. However, diving deeper into the details makes it amply clear that neither the hardware nor the operating system is close to being finished.
Microsoft Windows Core OS Running On Intel CPU:
Getting into the details of the Geekbench listing offers even more important insights into the Windows Core OS. The virtual machine running WCOS managed a single-core score of 506 and a multi-core score of 1,047. Needless to say, these are certainly quite low scores. They do not even match up to an entry-level or budget Android smartphone with a barely acceptable amount of RAM and processor. However, the listing does indicate it was a Virtual Machine. In other words, the score of the testbench will be only as powerful as the resources that have been allocated to run the same.
The testbench comprised of an Intel processor that cannot be verified. The listing indicates WCOS was running on “Genuine Intel Family 6 Model 138 Stepping 1″ processor. The name of the processor is Intel 0000. This merely indicates that Microsoft is running the WCOS testbench on an Intel processor. Hence it is quite likely that Microsoft could be readying the Centaurus smartphone with an Intel System on a Chip (SoC). Although ‘Windows on ARM’ project is being actively explored, it is quite likely that Microsoft will go with an Intel processor for its foldable Windows 10 device running WCOS.
1 big, 4 littles (Intel Lakefield)
— Longhorn (@never_released) September 24, 2019
According to the Twitter user who first posted the Geekbench listing, the Intel CPU is a relatively new Intel Lakefield processor that is powering the mystery Microsoft hardware with Windows Core OS. He adds that the unconfirmed Intel CPU has 1 big and 4 Little CPU cores, an arrangement that’s quite common in the smartphone world. This basically means the processor has one primary CPU core that is responsible for the CPU-intensive tasks, while the other CPU cores are “Efficiency Cores”, which help in processing secondary tasks.
Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha 5G, and quite a few other smartphones with foldable displays have launched recently. Moreover, there are laptops with multiple displays. Hence it is quite likely that Microsoft could soon launch a powerful Intel-based foldable smartphone or laptop running a simplified but optimized version of Windows 10 OS.