Microsoft's Other OS

Posted by sbink on November 5 2005, 3:37 PM. Posted in Research.

Microsoft Research has developed a prototype of a microkernel operating system, code-named 'Singularity.' Its most surprising feature: It has nothing to do with Windows. Contrary to popular opinion, Windows isn't the only operating system in which Microsoft is investing. The Microsoft Research team has built from scratch a 300,000-line, microkernel-based operating system (OS) that has no roots in Windows.That OS, code-named "Singularity," is slowly but steadily gaining visibility. The Microsoft Research team behind the project recently posted to the Web a 44-page technical research report about Singularity. Company officials discussed the project publicly at the June USENIX conference. And earlier this week, Microsoft's Singularity effort got some attention on Slashdot. "What would a software platform look like if it was designed from scratch with the primary goal of dependability?" reads the opening of the Microsoft research report. That was the question the Singularity team set out to answer two years ago."Singularity is not Windows. Every line of code was written from scratch," said Galen Hunt, a senior researcher with Microsoft Research who is helping to spearhead the Singularity project.Continued At Source