Zac Bowden has published an article making sense of all the news and rumors regarding Microsoft’s Andromeda device, its dual-screen foldable tablet thing. According to his sources, the device is not cancelled, but delayed until next year because the custom UI Microsoft is building for it needs more time.
The Andromeda device runs an experience tailored for its unique form-factor, which is built on top of Windows Core OS. This tailored experience is known as Andromeda OS and includes no legacy UIs and bloat. Microsoft is doing the exact same thing with Surface Hub 2, which also runs a custom tailored version of Windows Core OS known as Aruba and built specifically for that large collaborative device form factor.
Therefore, it’s important to stress that Andromeda OS is unlike any version of Windows 10 available on the market today; it’s an entirely new Windows OS experience powered by CShell that’s built from the ground up for mobile dual-screened multitasking. Because of this, Microsoft needs more time to ensure the OS is well-baked.
Bowden’s article is probably the closest to the current state of Andromeda.
It occurred to me a while back that if Microsoft wants to move forward, it needs to ditch the Windows brand. You cant take an established platform (win32) and deprecate it while pushing a new platform (metro) with the same name.
Keep Windows around but create a new platform with a new name (Like Andromeda) and then you can cast off win32 and perhaps build a new brand that doesn’t have decades of association with: shoddy code, instability, poor security, terrible API’s, awful engineering decisions (e.g. registry, services), anti OSS FUD and monopolistic strong arming of the entire PC industry from end to end (e.g. pushing secure boot/EFI, and bullying vendors who wanted to offer PC’s with Linux). The Windows brand is toxic.