Windows Core OS is the stripped down, modular version of Windows Microsoft intends to use to power the next generation of their devices. Microsoft is reportedly having difficulty getting the OS into good enough shape to ship, but some progress is evident, Aggiornamentilumia.it reporting that the store is now accepting WCOS-specific apps from select developers.
The clue is in the manifest of the apps, which show they are set to only install on devices running WCOS, vs other options such as Windows.Xbox or Windows.IoT.
The arrival of these apps does not, however, mean they are destined for the mythical Surface Phone. Microsoft has already shown off another WCOS device – the Surface Hub 2, and while the Hub 2S will be delivered with the old version of the Hub OS, the Surface Hub 2x due in 2020 is certainly expected to come with the WCOS, as demonstrated at Ignite this year.
Hopefully, when these apps do surface we will be able to see what special sauce WCOS will bring to make it a worthwhile diversion from the venerable Windows desktop.