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Microsoft's new OS reinvents MS-DOS for mobile

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    Microsoft's new OS reinvents MS-DOS for mobile


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    Microsoft's got a new classically simple mobile OS and it looks rather familiar... Microsoft has often been accused of not innovating enough in the mobile space but today, it is aiming to change this with its new productivity-focused MS-DOS Mobile operating system. Built upon the familiar interface of the DOS era - when Microsoft first reinvented productivity - MS-DOS Mobile comes with the classic C:/ Drive prompt and the ability to launch phone applications.

    MS-DOS Mobile preview is designed to run on Lumia smartphones and combines the touchscreen functions of Microsoft's current mobile range with the iconic simplicity of the DOS platform. As part of the preview, the Redmond-based company has ported several iconic DOS features, including:

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    Windows 3.1! Everything old is new again.
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    Yes, be on the lookout today (April 1)...
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    I wonder if it will come with a Dos 5 manual thats 3 inches thick
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    Messing around with Linux gave me a hankering for the good old dos c prompt days. Maybe I could get this for my Lumia

    edit: the joke's on me- this is a genuine app, I just installed it. So far I can't see a practical purpose for it though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yu gnomi View Post
    Messing around with Linux gave me a hankering for the good old dos c prompt days. Maybe I could get this for my Lumia

    edit: the joke's on me- this is a genuine app, I just installed it. So far I can't see a practical purpose for it though.
    It was my understanding that it was real but also an attempt at humor. I have no phone to test it on.

    But yeah, sometimes the GUI just gets in the way. That's why the other day I wrote my first PowerShell script to automate the copying of some files. It's a really simple one, but I decided I wanted a quicker way to do it since I was copying these files over and over.
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    For those without windows phones who want to see the Windows 3.1 phone
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    Have to say as an old fart I kind of like it!

    Would be fun to show it to a younger kid and watch the expression on their face.
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    In an odd way that looks really cool.
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