It's the end of Windows as we know it, and I feel fine.
Posted on: 12/08/2006 02:09 AM

According to the Gartner Group, Windows Vista will be the last "monolithic" operating system of its kind, at least to come from Redmond.
Instead, the research firm predicts, Microsoft will be forced to migrate Windows to a modular architecture tied together through hardware-supported virtualisation. "The current, integrated architecture of Microsoft Windows is unsustainable - for enterprises and for Microsoft," wrote Gartner analysts Brian Gammage, Michael Silver and David Mitchell Smith.

The problem is that the operating system's increasing complexity is making it ever more difficult for enterprises to implement migrations, and impossible for Microsoft to release regular updates. This, in turn, stands in the way of Microsoft's efforts to push companies to subscription licensing.
In my Clovertown performance review, I said that I thought virtualization would be quad-core's "killer app", but this isn't exactly what I had in mind.

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