Will Windows be obsolete like DOS?

July 29, 2008 at 19:57:58
Specs: XP/Vista, N/A

Quoted from today news: Report: Microsoft prepares for end of Windows with Midori:

h the Internet increasingly taking on the role of the PC operating system and the growing prevalence of virtualization technologies, there likely will be a day when the Windows client OS as it has been developed for the past 20-odd years becomes obsolete.

According to published reports, Microsoft Corp. seems to be preparing for that day with an incubation project codenamed Midori, which seeks to create a componentized, non-Windows OS that will take advantage of technologies not available when Windows first was conceived.

Although Microsoft won't comment publicly on what Midori is, the company has confirmed that it exists. Several reports — the most comprehensive to date published on Tuesday by Software Development Times — have gone much further than that.

That report paints Midori as an Internet-centric OS, based on the idea of connected systems, that largely eliminates the dependencies between local applications and the hardware they run on that exist with a typical operating system today.

The report claims Midori is an offshoot of Microsoft Research's Singularity operating system project that creates "software-isolated processes" to reduce the dependencies between individual applications, and between the applications and the OS itself.

With the current ability to run an operating system, applications and even an entire PC desktop in a virtual container using a hypervisor, there is less and less need to have the OS and applications be installed natively on a PC, said Brian Madden, an independent technology analyst.

My prediction is that once Midori goes mainstream our days of having fun here at CN will come to an abrupt end.


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July 29, 2008 at 20:04:30

I don't like the sound of that.

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July 29, 2008 at 20:34:01

Neither do I. There is some more info about Midori available at the following link:

Life After Windows - Microsoft Midori Operating System - A new system architecture and operating system

And another by the blogger Maru Jo Foley here too.

Goodbye, XP. Hello, Midori


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July 29, 2008 at 20:45:34

Thanks for those links. It looks like there's Linux in my future :). Everytime I turn around I'm hearing of ideas from Microsoft that don't sound good.

WinSimple Software

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July 29, 2008 at 21:22:53

Actually there was talk along those lines some 35 years ago when I attended a siminar on some business applications. The main concern was using holography and virtual connections and for a while this was to be the future of computing...except there were too many language wars going on. LOL the rest is history.

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July 30, 2008 at 01:54:32

Surely Windows NT has been dying since 1985 (OS/2). WEB O/Ses on a STB are the future and in fact M$ IPTV has had browsing capabilities since its inception:


Yes *NIX do not M$ virtually own SCO UNIX ??

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July 30, 2008 at 02:31:46

Do you guys think we're going to be stranded in the cloud? Really?

I won't say it's not going to happen; I will say such a change requires a major shift of our notions of home computing. And ISPs.

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July 30, 2008 at 02:44:29

ISP's are gonna have to give us better networks and cheaper prices before anyone adopts this crap. I'd rather go learn linux then have all my data stored by MS. I mean I don't want the marketing department spying on me to try and sell me a product. Nor do I want them tobe able to look through my emails etc at will.

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July 30, 2008 at 06:18:05

The should keep Midori in a glass where it belongs. :)

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July 30, 2008 at 09:13:43

As winxpSP3man says, the hardware channels are years away from being able to handle that kind of traffic. I live in a slightly rural area now and "high speed Internet" is not yet available for most of the population here, as well as a great many throughout the country. The utility companies refuse to invest the money in updating their infrastructure even though by law, they should have by September 2005!

That was when the telephone companies were required to offer broadband to ALL their subscribers or face discrimination fines. It has been cheaper for them to pay the fines every year then update the systems. And the current economic conditions just push these updates further away.

Most of us will be dead long before CN is!

The question should have been: "Will XPuser be obsolete like KTTD is"? LOL

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July 30, 2008 at 12:01:44

Given the number of business and "high-dollar" installations, it's likely not gonna happen for quite some time...

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July 30, 2008 at 12:08:24

"Surely Windows NT has been dying since 1985" ??? What's that mean? Or should that be 1995?

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July 30, 2008 at 17:20:00

maybe not the entire windows range, but THIS one will definitely become obsolete in 4 months.

... so much to put with these days, indeed :)

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July 30, 2008 at 18:47:38

Old dogs (Microsoft) and children (PC users) and watermelon wine (Midori).

Seems Tom T. Hall was a visionary.

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July 30, 2008 at 19:02:37

Oh no, Not 3.1 too!

Damn M$ to hell!


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