April 10, 2015 12:09 pm

Our guide to the new MS-DOS for Mobile app for Windows Phone

C:\ the fun stuff you can do in our April Fools’ Day app.

Last week, we announced the launch of MS-DOS for Mobile, an app that brings the quaint simplicity of DOS to your Lumia smartphone. (Read the full story here.)


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Yes, it was an April Fools’ Day prank. But the app is very real and available to download.

We’ve compiled a list of commands that really work in MS-DOS for Mobile.

Type each of these at the C:\ prompt.

MSDOS_600_CAMERA

Camera ­– Type “camera” to launch the MS-DOS camera app and take photos in ASCII, CGA, and black-and-white modes.

Clear Screen – Type “cls” to clear the screen of all previous commands and responses.

Color – Type “color attr” to see instructions on setting the console’s foreground and background colors. (Caution: Typing “color 5c” may induce temporary blindness.)

Contact List – Type “phone select” to open your Lumia’s contact list.

Date / Time – Type “date” or “time” to see the current date or time in MS-DOS.

Directory – Type “dir” to see the contents of the current directory.

Email, SMS, Phone – Type “email,” “sms,” or “phone” followed by the appropriate email address or phone number to send an email, text message, or phone call.

Exit – Type “exit” to close the app.

Floppy Drive – Type “A:” or “B:” to access the floppy disk drive. Your Lumia will make a grinding noise and then respond with a message that it can’t find the drive.

Help – Type “help” to open up a menu of commands.

MSDOS_600_RPS

Rock, Paper, Scissors – The best hidden feature is the fighting game “Rock, Paper, Scissors IV XL: World Championship Edition – Turbo!” First, type “cd games” followed by “cd rps” and then “rps.exe”. From there, Cortana will guide you through configuring MS-DOS to run the game.

Internet – Type “internet” to be greeted by the audio squeal of a modem connecting to the Internet followed by the opening of your Lumia’s browser.

Maps – Type “maps” to open your Lumia’s Maps app.

Search – Type “search” followed by a query to launch Cortana (or Bing, if Cortana is off or unavailable).

MSDOS_600_WIN31

Windows 3.1 – Want to upgrade from MS-DOS? Type “win” and you’ll launch a simple Windows 3.1 menu screen. Play around with the options to uncover more secrets!

Windows Phone App Store – Type “market” to launch the app store.

Version – Type “ver” to see which version of MS-DOS you’re using. (Spoiler: It’s MS-DOS Mobile 1.0)