Singularity, Microsoft's Stealth Operating System

A new research-oriented Operating System from Microsoft, codenamed Singularity, was unveiled yesterday, Tuesday 4th March, at Microsoft's Annual Tech Fest conference.

Although there are no plans to get it on shelves in Walmart or PC World, Singularity remains an intriguing product that will help researchers understand and experiment with computer architectures more effectively.

The latest version of Singularity was showed off by Richard 'Rick' Rashid, Microsoft's senior vice president of research and is the fruit of nearly five years of research and the first version was launched in 2007.

It was build from scratch with dependability as its main focus; it will also tackle the issue of reducing dependencies between the different Windows subsystems, which has been a root cause of problems in the past.

The research operating system, which some liken to an automobile manufacturer's proof-of-concept car, will serve as the test ground for future, post Vista operating systems, although it is unknown whether Windows Seven coders learnt valuable lessons from it, given that the 300,000 lines microkernel-based Operating system has no connection with Windows.

Singularity's Research Development Kit (RDK) can be downloaded for academic non-commercial use here and includes source code, build tools, test suites, design notes, and other background materials.