|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.