Microsoft releases MS-DOS Mobile for Windows Phone, a blast from the past

4:12:00 AM Dickwyn Y 0 Comments

On August 1981, Microsoft wowed the crowd with the introduction of MS-DOS which started the era of computing. Nearly 35 years after it was initially release, Microsoft is injecting back some life to the operating system that started it all by porting it to Windows Phone.

You can indeed install MS-DOS on your Lumia device today and it work just as it would 30 years ago. MS-DOS is an app for your Lumia which brings you back to the start of computing where everything is written in the command line and there's not much visual interpretation of what you're doing.

From the MS-DOS app you can do everything from launching an app to checking the files present on your phone. Virtually you can do just about anything on MS-DOS mobile, but the catch is that you will need to know the commands to do that. To get you started, just type in the following sequence of code to see a list of executable programs which you can then type in to run

  1. cd programs
  2. cd phone
  3. dir

Overall, this port shows how much computing has changed in the last few decades and if you have a Windows phone device this is definitely the app you want to download. Even if you don't know what to do you can always just google out some articles to get the lowdown on the codes.

MS-DOS is available for free on the Windows Phone store and although the mindset of this is to have a little joke on this auspicious day (April 1st), this app turns out to be pretty cool. Maybe Microsoft might also consider porting MS-DOS to both Android and iOS?

Well, if you do not have a Windows Phone device, do check out the introductory video below which talks about MS-DOS Mobile and how they made black and white looked better than ever.