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    This might be old, but it looks like it could be the end of windows, but a new chapter in the tech industry.

    Microsoft has kicked off a research project to create software that will take over when it retires Windows.


    Called Midori, the cut-down operating system is radically different to Microsoft's older programs.
    It is centred on the internet and does away with the dependencies that tie Windows to a single PC.
    It is seen as Microsoft's answer to rivals' use of "virtualisation" as a way to solve many of the problems of modern-day computing.
    Midori is believed to be under development because Windows is unlikely to be able to cope with the pace of change in future technology and the way people use it.


    Windows worked well in an age when most people used one machine to do all their work. The operating system acted as the holder for the common elements Windows programs needed to call on.
    "If you think about how an operating system is loaded," said Dave Austin, European director of products at Citrix, "it's loaded onto a hard disk physically located on that machine.


    "The operating system is tied very tightly to that hardware," he said.
    That, he said, created all kinds of dependencies that arose out of the collection of hardware in a particular machine.
    Midori is widely seen as an ambitious attempt by Microsoft to catch up on the work on virtualisation being undertaken in the wider computer industry.


    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.
    Putting applications, such as an e-mail engine or a database, on one machine brought up all kinds of problems when those machines had to undergo maintenance, needed updating or required a security patch to be applied.


    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, he said.



    The big problem that Microsoft faced in doing away with Windows, he said, was how to re-make its business to cope.


    "Eighty percent of Windows sales are made when a new PC is sold," he said. "That's a huge amount of money for them that they do not have to go out and get.


    "If Windows ends up being less important over time as applications become more OS agnostic where will Microsoft make its money?" he asked.
    Source: BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft sees end of Windows era


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    XP to the end I say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitochondria View Post
    They'll probably involve a touch screen im sure. I hope it crashes and burns, perhaps down to the ground?
    Why? Why would you hope for this?

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    i do and dont agree, i mean i love my XP but the price they charge is criminal and i cba learning linux
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    Linux is easy. I picked it up straight away


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    why xp. its been the longest living, and toughest matchine.


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    I'd say windows98 was microsofts flagship. The big bang of all OS's and it's an operating system not a machine lol


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    I doubt MS will stop doing what they are doing. They are still making a shitload of money and they are the only reasonable operating system for a large business.
    They probably just have this idea in place in case they start to lose their 90% market share, which will take a very very long time, mind you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andromeda View Post
    Linux is easy. I picked it up straight away
    I didn't when I used the Live CD canadianbacon told me about.

    But I bet I can learn it pretty fast, but my dad won't even let me dualboot Windows XP and Ubuntu. He said the desktop will overheat. I wish someone wil just slap some sense into him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chriscyco30 View Post
    I didn't when I used the Live CD canadianbacon told me about.

    But I bet I can learn it pretty fast, but my dad won't even let me dualboot Windows XP and Ubuntu. He said the desktop will overheat. I wish someone wil just slap some sense into him.
    run it in vmware and show him the contest that was held where Linux was the last OS to be broken by hackers... That should help...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andromeda View Post
    run it in vmware and show him the contest that was held where Linux was the last OS to be broken by hackers... That should help...
    Lol he thinks a firewall will protect him from everything.
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    The next stepping stone for a Y2K Disaster! Ahhhh!!! kidding :P



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    already? jeez


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    XP is the shit. Been out for 9 years now, and it's still the most popular OS in the world. Fuck yeah. I'm not totally clear on what Microsoft means as in "virtualization". What I'm getting is that instead of being HD dependent, it'll be Internet dependent?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitochondria View Post
    They'll probably involve a touch screen im sure. I hope it crashes and burns, perhaps down to the ground?
    Touch screen is a fad. The technology has been around for 50+ years and it's just now picking up.
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