Microsoft's Midori Has Potential To Kill Windows As We Know It

Windows Seven, Microsoft's successor to Windows Vista, will still be carrying forward "long-term architectural investments" or legacy technology (like Vista), much to the chagrin of some who asked for a back to basis, stripped Windows.

Well, news has come from SDTimes that Microsoft is feverishly working on what the publication calls a post-Windows OS which will introduce concepts like Componentisation and will be a managed-mode OS, meaning that it will run through a virtual machine (in this case, Windows Hyper-V).

Midori is certainly a dream project for many Microsoft Engineers; an offshoot of Microsoft Singularity project, it seeks to embody all the latest developments that have taken place since the original blueprints of Windows OS were laid down more than 24 years ago.

It will run directly on native hardware currently supported by Microsoft and will almost certainly have security at its heart.

The internet, for one, is at the centre of Midori as cloud computing, a concept dear to Scott Mc Nealy, Sun Microsystems CEO, through his vision of Network Computing.

However, Midori shouldn't be seen as a single OS but rather as the underlying OS architecture that will reign supreme in Redmond as from 2011-2012 onwards.

Eric Rudder, Senior Vice President for technical strategy at Microsoft and an alumnus of Bill Gates' technical staff, is the project's head honcho.

Interestingly, Midori is also the name of the Mobile Linux OS launched by Transmeta in the heydays of the pre-Internet bubble; the OS was subsequently open sourced but failed to gather steam.

Transmeta, as some might recalled, was a little processor builder that introduced the concept of Code Morphing to make it compatible with x86 instruction set, something that Midori could very loosely implement.