Microsoft Midori: More Details on the Non-Windows OS Emerge
New information surfaces about Midori as Microsoft offers some technical details pertaining to the next-generation OS.Microsoft's Midori project, the company's rumored stab at a non-Windows operating system, appears to be inching toward commercialization. On Dec. 29, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported on new developments affecting the project. Her sources suggest that the technology, or at least some parts of it, is potentially making its way toward release. Foley wrote, "I heard from two of my contacts that Midori—Microsoft's non-Windows-based operating-system project—moved into the Unified Operating System group under Executive Vice President Terry Myerson." Before the move, Midori "was an incubation project, without a potential commercialization home inside the company," she wrote. Word of the secretive Midori project started leaking out to the public in 2008 when Eric Rudder, the former head of Microsoft Server and Tools and current executive vice president of Advanced Strategy, was selected to run it. In 2009, Jonathan Shapiro, a primary designer behind the BitC programming and related Coyotos operating system, reportedly joined the project.
The processor-agnostic OS (x86, x64 and ARM) has roots in Microsoft Research's Singularity project, an OS prototype that employs "type-safe languages and an abstract instruction set to enable" Software Isolated Processes (SIPs), explained Microsoft on its Website. "SIPs provide the strong isolation guarantees of OS processes (isolated object space, separate GCs, separate runtimes) without the overhead of hardware-enforced protection domains."