The latest rumor being reported is that Microsoft has a secret project that is called Midori and is the sucessor to Microsoft Windows. The rumor is full of conjectures as to what the new operating system may or may not be, including a listing of features such as:
- All-device support (in one OS version)
- Backward compatibility (through virtualization)
Building Midori from the ground up to be connected underscores how much computing has changed since Microsoft’s engineers first designed Windows; there was no Internet as we understand it today, the PC was the user’s sole device and concurrency was a research topic.
Today, users move across multiple devices, consume and share resources remotely, and the applications that they use are a composite of local and remote components and services. To that end, Midori will focus on concurrency, both for distributed applications and local ones.
According to the documentation, Midori will be built with an asynchronous-only architecture that is built for task concurrency and parallel use of local and distributed resources, with a distributed component-based and data-driven application model, and dynamic management of power and other resources.
Midori’s design treats concurrency as a core principle, beyond what even the Microsoft Robotics Group is trying to accomplish, said Tandy Trower, general manager of the Microsoft Robotics Group.
Depending on who you want to believe, this rumor of project Midori, could or could not be fact. But there is one thing I would venture a guess about. Microsoft does in fact need a new operating system built from the ground up and start ed anew. After years of adding code on top of code, it may be coming more problematic for the Redmond giant to plug holes.
On the other side of the coin, there is also a possibility that this could just be a rumor. Let’s face it. We are between operating systems. Vista is in the past and Windows 7 is in the future. Vista has been beaten into the ground and raised on high and placed on a pillar by some. Microsoft has failed to acquire Yahoo, which may have put a lot of journalists and bloggers running around looking for something to write about.
With all of that being said, is Midori for real? What do you think?