- Apr 2, 2017
This is what I think. I believe full Windows 10 on mobile will create more issues than it solves. I'm not yet convinced that Microsoft intends to make Windows 10 S its next phone OS, but I believe it is closer to the answer than WoA.
Making a version of the desktop OS, simple enough, and easy to maintain enough, is a lot of coding work. I'm not really sure its worth it tbh. The phone market is at the peak of the bell curve, its about to shrink. Things like HoloLens tech will eventually replace a lot of the screen devices we use, or at least consumer part of that market. Voice will become more prominent as a secondary interface.
We'll have devices everywhere, all talking to each other. Pocketable or wearable telephony devices will continue to exist, but it remains to be seen in what dominant forms.
If UWP adoption is driven up by windows s, and windows on arm, as it should likely do, then windows 10 mobile already runs those. The clear intent of MS is to drive UWP adoption up. Not to leave people stuck on win32.
Of course windows 10 could probably use some fine tuning anyway, in terms of ease of maintainence. But its not clear that updating win10m with cshell and real-time multi-tasking wouldn't be a quicker route for pocket devices, given the focus in on UWP (when the priority tasks are out of the way).
Whatever the case win10m has "some of what they want", and not just the UI. It has simplicity, at a software level, its well suited to the purpose. In that respect converging the OS branches, is probably quite a long term project.
And IoT core won't be running 4gb of ram any time soon either (or desktop windows 10), win32 is pointless on a smartwatch or dehumidifier - xbox isn't keyed to run win32s but rather UWPs, HoloLens and mixed reality don't work with win32s. Whatever MS next mobile device is, after the UWP platform has been bolstered, its not going to be something that puts win32's as the star player - they want all the win32 devs to switch over to UWP.
Windows on ARM emulation layer, is in that sense "transitional".