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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The benefit is ...
by pica on Mon 25th Oct 2010 15:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Maybe OT: The OS I am dreaming of"
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... that even closed source components (e.g. some graphic card drivers are closed source) are available on all hardware platforms.

The part up to the optimizing VM runtime can be provided be the hardware vendor.

The OS vendor provides the running on that runtime OS. Here is another benefit: The OS vendor only has to provide a single image. Has to patch only each issue once.


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