There’s a change coming! We’ve been hearing about Composable Shell, or C-Shell as it is also internally known, since last year, though Microsoft is yet to officially detail this in any capacity.
But it appears that the company might, soon.
And that’s because according to this report, this new Composable Shell will make its debut with the next generation Surface Hub that is set to arrive in the first half of 2018.
“Microsoft’s existing Surface Hub is already powered by Windows 10, running its own custom shell. The second-generation Surface Hub will give us an early look at how Microsoft further adapts Windows 10 for different screen sizes, scenarios, and hardware. The changes will be subtle at first, but Microsoft’s vision should lead to single devices that can adapt (just like Surface) to form factors and hardware that doesn’t even exist today.”
Basically, Composable Shell is the Redmond play to make Windows Shell the next universal element in Windows 10. It will be scaled across different devices and form factors, thereby replacing all the existing custom shells for Windows 10 PCs and tablets, phones, Xbox One, HoloLens, and whatnot.
The report also explains that C-Shell will allow the software titan to create different modes for Windows powered devices.
Think a gaming mode, a quiet mode for productivity, a mode for kids with a simplified user interface, and all that good stuff. These different modes will be designed to scale across a variety of hardware, including hardware that has not yet been released.
Surface Phone, hint, hint.
Codenamed Andromeda, Microsoft is expected to unveil this mystery Surface device this year, setting the stage for similar hardware from other PC makers with adaptive modes as well.
Looks like this is the direction the company is taking for its platform. And while some may say that this is what Microsoft should have done from the start of its modern OS adventure, back when Windows 8, launched, all the roads have led to this.