Microsoft Launches MS-DOS Mobile, A New Operating System for Phones


Microsoft is going old-school and today it launched a new OS designed for Lumia smartphones – MS-DOS Mobile. When I came across this news on Windows official blog, I knew it was something related to April Fools’ Day. Reading further, I came to know that it’s something in reality. Microsoft has spent a considerable amount of time to develop this and it shouldn’t be exactly called an April Fools’ Day “joke” because an app exists in reality. This is one of the most elaborate April Fools’ pranks I’ve ever seen and it’s a bit closer to the reality.

Microsoft has tried like anything in the past to make its Widows Phone OS more popular among the masses and it is another effort in the same direction. In the launch video for MS-DOS Mobile, Microsoft says:

“Today Microsoft launch MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones.
Microsoft are going back to where productivity started for millions of people, launching a beautifully simple OS.

The MS-DOS Mobile preview is an essential download for those who remember life before Windows, those who want to go back to BASIC, or even those looking to boot into DOS for the first time.”


In the MS-DOS Mobile, you can navigate by typing in the DIR and for accessing the directories, you need to use the CD command. Microsoft has designed this app to give you the nostalgic feel coupled with the modern operations. Your beloved C:/ has made a comeback and now you can access DOS, BASIC and more with MS-DOS Mobile.

To make you feel more nostalgic, there is a classic Rock Paper Scissors game and a B/W camera for ASCII or CGA selfies.

Here are some fun commands I found in MS-DOS Mobile:

HELP: Know all commands

WIN: Launch Windows 3.1

VER: Displays you the MS-DOS version

DATE: Yea, it’s April Fool’s Day

COLOR: Change the way MS-DOS Mobile looks and play with colors

A: Type A: to go all the way back to the floppy disks

Download the MS-DOS OS app for Lumia phones from the link below:

MS-DOS Mobile


Also read: April Fools! How To Play Pac-Man in Google Maps!

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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