Menu
What comes after Windows?

What comes after Windows?

A successor to the Microsoft Windows operating system, while still very much in

the theoretical stage, is expected to better leverage multicore processors, for

starters, a Microsoft official said on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking at The Venture Forum (http://www.theventureforum.com/) conference,

Microsoft's Bryan Barnett, a program manager for external research programs in

the Microsoft Research group, said multicore architectures are of particular

interest when weighing what to put in future operating systems at the company.

"Taking full advantage of the processing power that those multicore

architectures potentially make available requires operating systems and

development tools that don't exist largely today," Barnett said

Windows currently will run on multicore processors, but is not fully optimized

for them, according to Barnett. "It's not a question of just running on a

multicore architecture. It's a question of what do you do to fully exploit the

capabilities there," he said.

There is no timetable for a Windows successor right now. But early work on this

effort has not yet been organized, with five or six small projects afoot in

various places throughout the company, said Barnett.

Finding a DOS successor in the early 1990s seemed a simpler task, he said.

"Somehow, it was easier when the company was smaller a long time ago," Barnett

said.

"Merely having size and resources isn't necessarily in this instance an

advantage," he said.

For now, Microsoft plans to release its next major version of Windows, Windows

Vista, in 2007.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments