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Big announcement from Microsoft on Monday!!
Microsoft will be making a big announcement next Monday, although we don’t know any details about it. But from the above update on FriendFeed by Robert Scoble, it seems it will be similar to the Chrome OS that Google announced today. It could very well be something based around their research project Gazelle:
Gazelle’s Browser Kernel is an operating system that exclusively manages resource protection and sharing across web site principals. This construction exposes intricate design issues that no previous work has identified, such as legacy protection of cross-origin script source, and cross-principal, cross-process display and events protection.Another point from the latest Microsoft Research news about Gazelle which could mean Microsoft aiming for a Web Apps based OS:
Envisioning an OS for Web AppsMicrosoft might be preparing a netbook OS based around Gazelle if it has something to do with the Chrome OS. But that’s just pure speculation on my part. Windows 7 is also expected to RTM this Monday, the 13th of July. So, this could just be the announcement for that.
We’ll have to wait and see what Microsoft comes up, and looking at the successful announcements track record they’ve had this year, I expect something very good.
Source: Why did Google announce Chrome OS today? Microsoft will be announcing something next Monday | ithinkdifferent
EDIT1:Seems there's a Microsoft conference starting Monday: Worldwide Partner Conference 2009
It might have been the day the Chrome OS is finally announced, but according to Robert Scoble, this was actually a timely stunt by Google in an attempt to steal some of the spotlight before what he claims to be a “big announcement” coming from Microsoft on Monday. Apparently he has seen and shot videos of it, but is not allowed to talk about. Let the speculation begin.
As it turns out, next Monday is not the ordinary first day of the week for Microsoft. On that day, Microsoft is kicking off it’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans and from just looking at the keynotes list, is nothing to be sneezed at. Long story short, it’s basically a who’s who list of Microsoft executives. However, this doesn’t actually help narrow down what the big announcement might be since almost every Microsoft division is represented extensively.
Potential announcements already on people’s minds include the announcement and subsequent availability of Windows 7 RTM code and pricing and licensing plans for Windows Azure, but this does not appear to be what Scoble is referring to.
several comments in his Friendfeed post that provide clues to what the announcement is about. The first made a reference to “Microsoft’s 14 billion dollar business”. After tracking down Microsoft’s last quarterly financial results, they indeed have a $14 billion dollar business ($14.33bn to be exact) and that is the Microsoft Business Division.
Whereas Windows falls under the Client division and Azure falls under the Server and Tools division (they have since merged as the platforms division, but remain separate in financial reports), the Microsoft Business Division among other (and obviously extremely profitable) initiatives is responsible for the Office suite.
To play devil’s advocate however, Scoble specifically refers to “part of the Microsoft announcement” runs in a Chrome and Firefox, which could be interpreted one of two ways. Either it is not entirely a web application or that it is not 100% compatible with Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft evangelist Keith Combs had been tweeting this week of some “secret Microsoft software”. Whilst I’m not sure if the two tweets are related to each other or related to this announcement, it appears at least one of the softwares would allow users to create content, which fits with the Office clue. If he is talking about the same software, why it works on Windows 7 and not Windows Server 2008 R2 remains a mystery.
Putting together all the clues, I’m going to speculate this is the public release of the Microsoft Office Web application that was announced back at PDC08, possibly with some new major features or capabilities that wasn’t demoed initially to take it above and beyond just Microsoft’s version of Google Docs. If it is indeed Office Web, it will certainly have to compete with the mindblowing collaboration features of Google Wave which sets the bar pretty high.
Nonetheless, there’s always the chance that I’m way off and it could be something complete different, but hey, that’s the price of admission for the speculative rollercoaster.
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well swarfega, I don't think a web OS would be ideal for you anyways, thats why there is windows 7. a web OS is probably directed at the netbooks, you know the small mini laptops, that need a light OS, that is not resource hungry and low power consumption, giving you more time on the battery.
I think it's a good idea, but yes not for power users like you :P except if you have a standby netbook or mini latop that you like to carry around to access internet on the go
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