Microsoft patents Multi-OS smartphone to run Android and Windows 10

Microsoft logoMicrosoft has recently applied for a new patent that would allow the company to build a multi-OS smartphone that would come with two or even more operating systems, letting users choose which one to install after buying the device.

The idea isn't new, and Microsoft itself wanted to make custom Windows 10 ROMs available for Android devices in order to bring more users on board, but this is pretty much the first step the company takes in this direction.

And according to the images included in the patent, which has been spotted by WMPU, the system would work in a very simple but effective way.

Microsoft Patents Multi-OS smartphone to run Android and Windows 10

Basically, a device that supports such a feature would ship with several operating systems, but they won't be pre-installed from the very beginning. Apparently, the OSes will be compressed and users will be able to choose which one they want.

The device will then “receive instructions to install an operational instance of an individual operating system on a device that has multiple inoperable compressed operating systems stored on it,” according to patent information.

Once this process comes to an end, users can “configure the device in a manner that is unique to the operating system” and “install the operational instance of the operating system.”

So basically, you can buy a device that comes with multiple OSes, choose which one you want, and start installation. After that, you need to configure the phone in order to work with features that are included in the OS you choose.

The aforementioned source says that it might be possible to remove the other operating systems in order to get more space, but at the same time, you could also be allowed to keep them just in case you might want to switch to a different one at a later time. Obviously, dual-booting could also be possible.

At this point, this is only a patent and there's no sign of a device featuring such tech, but it's good to see that Microsoft is looking into ways to make its devices and Windows 10 Mobile appealing in more ways.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, smartphones

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