Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 22:23 UTC
Windows "Windows 7 might be a massive commercial success and an undeniably rock solid piece of software, but Microsoft is apparently unwilling to rest on those soft and cozy laurels. Asked about the riskiest product bet the Redmond crew is currently developing, its fearless leader Steve Ballmer took no time in answering 'the next release of Windows'." Also of note in this same video interview thing: Ballmer states that Silverlight is now pretty much strictly a client, non-cross platform thing, while explicitly stating that when it comes to doing something universal, "the world's gone HTML5".
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Maybe OT: The OS I am dreaming of
by pica on Sun 24th Oct 2010 17:21 UTC
pica
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2005-07-10

would be modular and scalable. As a result it would support
* embedded systems
* mobile Phones
* tablets
* desktops
* servers

It would just have a minimal hardware abstraction layer. This HAL only would cover CPU, busses and memory. Only this tiny HAL and a small VM "bootloader" would be CPU Architecture dependend. The VM runtime "bootloader" is a simple interpreter. It's only purpose is to bootload an optimizing VM runtime utilizing JIT technics. Everything else even the optimizing VM runtime itself would run on the optimizing VM runtime. This would include device drivers like graphic card, NIC or SATA drivers. As a result it would support several processor architectures. IMHO at least x86, x86-64, ARM Cortex Mx and Ax and MIPS 32bit and 64bit should be supported.

Also the OS itself the schedulers -- I think of schedules as "plugins" --, filesystems, etc. would run on the VM runtime.

It would optionally offer a remote shell, a GUI optimized for handheld devices or a GUI optimized for desktops. The desktop optimzed GUI would support remote access.

Microsoft has the .NET infrastructure on which such an OS could be based. Well, it has to be supported at least 5 years in parallel with the "classical" Microsoft Windows OSes to allow develpopers to provide applications and customers to migrate.

Just dreaming,
pica

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