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Post-Windows OS in the works

by on04 August 2008


Said to be code-named Midori

Microsoft has been looking beyond Windows for sometime now, and Bill Gates felt that the project was so important that he personally was said to have tapped Eric Rudder who was the former head of Microsoft’s server and business tools department to head the project.

Details continue to be sketchy, but a faithful mole confirmed what we have been finding making its way to the Internet. The new post-Windows OS is code-named Midori and it is based in part on the development of the Singularity operating system and tools.

Midori is being designed from the ground up to run directly on native x86, x64, and ARM-based hardware as well as hosted using the Windows Hyper-V hypervisor, or even directly hosted by a Windows process according to reports.

The plan at least for the time being is for Midori applications to co-exist and offer interpretability with existing Windows applications. Of course, it will also provide a migration path to native Midori applications as well.

Microsoft is said to be focused on a non-blocking, object-oriented framework API for the OS that would make a clean break from the Windows GUI model at the presentation layer. Application development would be done using the .NET programming languages.

The advantage would yield performance increases because applications would not have to update the display using only one thread at a time which would yield a higher level of performance on today’s multi-core processors.

The entire process of tackling a new operating system that has to deal with at least some legacy is a challenge in itself, but Microsoft is banking on Midori to be the cornerstone in their cloud computing strategy of the future. Stay tuned, as we expect more information to start coming out as to what the future will hold from this development.

Last modified on 04 August 2008
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