Midori: The project which inspired the Metro interface
Microsoft's labs for a while worked on a new operating system whose some features are now integrated into Windows 8.
The computer environment has changed since the epoch of the design of Windows.
Internet was not existing and the Redmond firm finally discovered that the
system must be redesigned according to technologies of today.
It is expected that Midori applications would not work under Windows, but the reverse is true through a migration, and Midori applications could interact with Windows applications.
The project is still active in 2012 although some of the ideas of the interface have been incorporated into Windows 8.
Take note Midori is also the name of a browser, based on Webkit.
New concepts for a new operating system
It is known as Microsoft develops for a while Singularity, an operating system based on concepts different from those of Windows. Midori is the commercial application of this "concept car" of the OS.
1) Variable system implementation
Mindori runs natively on hardware, 32 or 64-bit as Windows, but also on a virtualization system or even as a process of Windows.
The system would be designed on the basis of components, unlike Windows, with sufficient independence and security for a problem with a component does not affect any other when they communicate each with other.
The notion of competition would be magnified to reflect the current
workstation: local and remote programs and services, multiple devices operating at the same
time. Any work asynchronously, that means that a process does not wait
another is finished to start but they all run at the same time and provide
results when they are ready ...
it is the principle of Architecture is the name of a
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new application model very comprehensive which is independent of the machine and
processor, to operate locally and remotely.
This is where the difference has emerged over the OS that we know: data storage is through this general pattern, there is no longer file, disk, unity, etc..
Software development tools will be designed to hide to the programmer the complexity of the processes taking place under the commands.
A processing and one at a time, The graphical interface will change in the sense that rather than the display is refreshed on the base of a process and one at a time, it will evolve according to all processes underway.
5) Collaborative Applications
are collaborative Web sites (forums, digg-like, etc.), there would be
Note that already exists plug-ins for Firefox, for example, but it will be widespread and simplified by the design of the OS, which would provide quotas of resources to components.
From Midori to Metro
The Singularity project, Midori precursor, was launched by Microsoft in 2003. Windows Vista should have made significant innovations but has not kept its promises, it is a version of XP that has gained weight and became slower, to give a little more security, but major innovations as the system file search by queries is not implemented. Windows 7 is not revolutionary either, but Midori inspired the Metro interface in Windows 8 with for examples the asynchronous mode, tiles.