Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 13:48 UTC
Windows Earlier today, OSNews ran a story on a presentation held by Microsoft's Eric Traut, the man responsible for the 200 or so kernel and virtualisation engineers working at the company. Eric Traut is also the man who wrote the binary translation engine for in the earlier PowerPC versions of VirtualPC (interestingly, this engine is now used to run XBox 1 [x86] games on the XBox 360 [PowerPC]) - in other words, he knows what he is talking about when it comes to kernel engineering and virtualisation. His presentation was a very interesting thing to watch, and it offered a little bit more insight into Windows 7, the codename for the successor to Windows Vista, planned for 2010.
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So can we...
by Adam S on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 14:01 UTC
Adam S
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So, can we admit then, finally, truthfully, and in an unbiased form, that Windows itself is done?

Windows - at we know it today - is in its downswing. Yes, it's everywhere, and it's the basis for virtually every corporate environment. But the word is out. Any major shop who isn't evaluating alternatives is woefully delinquent. If Microsoft has any chance of surviving in this arena for more than the next decade or so, they need a dramatic change.

What Thom is proposing here, essentially, is scrapping Windows as a whole. Save only the kernel - nay, a subset of a fraction of the kernel - and rebuild a new OS atop.

I welcome this move. Windows is fundamentally used-up. The licensing is draconian. The software is a constant battle for most users. I should know, I support hundreds of them. They don't work on Windows - they work in spite of it.

So I agree that a move like this would be a great strategic move for Microsoft if they want to stay relevant in the long run in this corner of the market.

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