Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 25th Aug 2006 23:55 UTC
Windows Vista will be the last version of Windows that exists in its current, monolithic form, according to Gartner. Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to migrate Windows to a modular architecture tied together through hardware-supported virtualisation. "The current, integrated architecture of Microsoft Windows is unsustainable - for enterprises and for Microsoft," wrote Gartner analysts Brian Gammage, Michael Silver and David Mitchell Smith.
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The 64 bit route
by jgfenix on Sat 26th Aug 2006 16:35 UTC
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2006-05-25

The problem with Windows are mantaining compatibility with older programs and a gigantic API with lots of duplicated funcionality.
If I were them instead of that virtualization stupidity I would port a very small subset of the API to 64 bits (or replace with a new one if it makes sense) and use the 32 bit subsystem as a compatibility layer with no new features added (and eventually they could run it inside a virtual machine).
I donīt know what they are doing with the 64 bit port but I think they are missing a great oportunity.

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