Microsoft Prepares for the Death of Windows With Midori

August 4th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Microsoft is preparing for the death of Windows.

The operating system market has always been dominated by Microsoft ever since the MS-DOS came out.  At first it seemed like an absurd plan for a company to sell only software when consumer electronics only understood that they could only sell tangible things.  However, Microsoft thrived on Bill Gate’s vision that computers would eventually become nothing without software.  He was right and Microsoft made billions upon billions and secured their market dominance for decades.  However, that dominance is under fire with the rise of the internet and even Microsoft is losing sleep over it.

Sure the internet is already here, Microsoft sees that and are under threat from Google who’s been taking a big share of their Office market with browser-based, online and ad-supported Office Applications.  And it’s not only Google doing that, there’s Zoho and a lot more other players.  Microsoft is playing catch-up with their version of an online office.

But that’s not their only concern.  Seeing the effects of the internet on their products, Microsoft is threatened by the inevitable transition from desktop to cloudtop.  Sometime in the future, people will no longer be using the PC-OS model as their main computing outlet.  When that happens, Microsoft will lose its clout on the OS market while people opt for cheaper alternatives to Windows since they aren’t using it as much anyway.  From the PC-OS template, it will eventually evolve into the PC-OS-Cloud, a new template where the cloud (or the internet) is the main source of applications and data.  This evolution in computing is already evident with the rise of UMPC’s or netbooks running a variety of operating systems mostly made by the hardware manufacturer or open source Linux.

So, what’s Microsoft’s solution?  At the moment, it’s only known as Midori.  It’s still under wraps and according to a Microsoft statement, "Midori is one of many incubation projects underway at Microsoft. It’s simply a matter of being too early in the incubation to talk about it." 

Basically, it will jive into the whole PC-OS-Cloud model.  Unlike the PC-OS model where data is physically stored in the hard drive of the machine and the OS is responsible for accessing the data and programs, the PC-OS-Cloud model will transfer the burden of data and applications storage from the OS to the cloud, or the internet.

The OS will never die actually,  but when the PC-OS-Cloud template sets in, the OS won’t be tied up to the PC anymore.