Microsoft's Singularity a Whole New Start?

Lora Bentley

I never imagined featuring a Microsoft operating system in this blog as an "alternative OS." However, the company's research arm recently released an academic, proof-of-concept OS on Codeplex. Singularity is a "think piece," says CIO Weblog's Scott Wilson, that "is not intended as a Windows 7 precursor."


He notes that ZDNet's Larry Dignan has called the release "a cry for help" and agrees that Microsoft needs to start anew in the operating system space -- especially given the continuing growth of software-as-a-service and cloud computing. Wilson says:

Microsoft needs something new, dependable, and lightweight to offer the market... In order to continue to sell operating systems, Microsoft needs to both make them more secure and less costly to produce

IT Business Edge blogger Rob Enderle voiced much the same sentiment this week


So, to the question of whether Microsoft can create a new OS: I don't think it can afford not to. This may be a revolutionary thought, but it should make the effort to map the new product(s) to what the market indicates it wants.

He suggests it will take an angel from the heavens with a flaming sword to make the company actually do what it needs to do. Wilson and Dignan seem skeptical of Microsoft's ability to make the change as well, but they don't go quite that far.


Enderle also points out that starting over with Singularity would be better for Microsoft than the ongoing litigation involving Windows -- not to mention the continuing antitrust investigations in the EU.


So maybe Microsoft doesn't need heavenly help. Maybe a shove or two from regulators and the courts will be enough.

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Mar 12, 2008 12:11 PM Dos1.0 User Dos1.0 User  says:
The future for Windows is obvious. Its called Open Solaris. Use the Sun OS as the underlying platform and port the higher layers of the stack over just like Apple did with MacOS ontop of Mach/GNU. Sun and MS already have an IP cross license and Open Solaris *is not* Linux so the idemnification marketing program does not take a credibility hit and MS gets a stable, feature rich foundation for its future work.MS's best work is as an Applications provider. OS just is not (and never has been) their strong suit. They get the ability to continue to innovate where they add true value, they get to combine market focus with the only other vendor these days with a non OSS platform.Up side, is Sun is focuses on finding out how to keep Solaris viable in the Linux world (API compatibility, system profiles, etc) and MS gets in the market with a strong partner with the same long term objective (differentiate vs. Linux). Sun starts to sell MS application stack into customer's where MS has zero credibility and both survive long term! Reply

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