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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RE: So can we...
by butters on Mon 22nd Oct 2007 16:23 UTC in reply to "So can we..."
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It truly feels like the end of an era. Not just for software systems, but for a whole corporate American mindset on how to manage large projects of great economic and social import. You can almost feel the "whoosh" of the deflating ideology as its symbolic champions knowingly head for the exits and their dutiful sidekicks blindly rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Meanwhile, the era of centralized control and explicit agreement is gradually giving way to decentralized empowerment and implicit tolerance. The transition will be sticky and bumpy, with winners and losers of all shapes and sizes. The key for stalling giants like Microsoft is to reinvent itself with an eye toward sustainability. Computing is no longer a revolutionary frontier, it's an evolving reality, and Microsoft has to reexamine its priorities with this in mind.

Where did all the frontiers go? We chewed through them all like caterpillars through leaves. Now it is time to contemplate our borderless reality and emerge as butterflies, elegantly endowed with a common vision for a sustainable future. Hopefully our cocoons won't become our graves.

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