Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 09:15 UTC, submitted by Flatland_Spider
Windows While newly minted Windows head Steven Sinofsky continues to play his cards close to his chest, we're seeing signs that Microsoft is rethinking its monolithic approach to not only the mass-market Windows operating system but the entire family of Windows products from servers down to CE-based embedded devices. First up is a streamlined microkernel codenamed MinWin, around which a re-engineered Windows line will be built. Described as 'the Windows 7 source-code base', in reference to the successor to Windows Vista which is slated for a 2010 release, MinWin strips back the current NT-based kernel to the barest of bare metal. Ars Technica has more, including a one hour video presentation [.wmv] about MinWin. Sassy quote of the day by Microsoft kernel engineer Eric Traut: "A lot of people think of Windows as this really large bloated operating system, and that may be a fair characterisation, I have to admit." My take: Maybe this will be closer to reality after all?
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My take...
by HangLoose on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 10:53 UTC
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Im no one to say what Microsoft should or not do...
But wouldnt it be easier if they could just add a layer of virtualization to the OS and this would make backwards compatibility easier ?

Where the old applications could run easily even though not a good design Microsoft should look to the future. The userbase would be happily and the system wouldnt be so bloated...

Maybe also the same sets of APIs like wine/crossover..

Edited 2007-10-22 11:08 UTC

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