Microsoft set to go virtual with next step

News by Dan Raywood

Microsoft has introduced a research project to create software to ultimately replace Windows.

Microsoft has introduced a research project to create software to ultimately replace Windows. 

Named Midori, the operating system will be much more stripped down in comparison to Microsoft's older programs and it will be web based. This will mean it will not be reliant on the dependencies that ties Windows to a single PC. It is thought this is being developed due to Windows being unable to cope with the pace of change in future technology and in the way people use technology.


Experts have claimed that putting applications, such as an e-mail engine or a database, on one machine has brought up all kinds of problems when those machines had to undergo maintenance, needed updating or required a security patch to be applied. Darren Brown, data centre lead at consulting firm Avanade, said virtualisation had first established itself in data centres among companies with huge numbers of servers to manage. By putting virtual servers on one physical box, companies had been able to shrink the numbers of machines they managed and get more out of them.


Dave Austin, European director of products at Citrix, said: “If you think about how an operating system is loaded, it's loaded onto a hard disk physically located on that machine. The operating system is tied very tightly to that hardware. That created all kinds of dependencies that arose out of the collection of hardware in a particular machine. This means that Windows can struggle with more modern ways of working in which people are very mobile and very promiscuous in the devices they use to get at their data - be that pictures, spreadsheets or e-mail. Equally when people worked or played now, they did it using a combination of data and processes held locally or in any of a number of other places online.”


In a statement to BBC News, Microsoft said that Midori ‘is one of many incubation projects underway at Microsoft. It's simply a matter of being too early in the incubation to talk about it.'





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