Apparently a recent (and recently withdrawn) blog post from the product manager of the Windows Update team might have inadvertently let slip an interesting piece of news about the next version of Microsoft Windows.
[the] next version will be something completely different from what folks usually expect
He goes on to say that Microsoft are referring to the OS internally as Windows.Next
Alan Burchill of Windows 7 Centre who managed to get this scoop suggests that this could mean an entrance for Midori, Microsoft’s redesigned kernel and an ongoing project since 2003. At this stage it’s too early to tell anything, or even to verify the information.
There are good reasons for Microsoft to drop the legacy code-base they’ll have been using for twenty years by the time the next OS version is due, the arrivals of virtualisation and XP Mode will certainly help in this regard, though it’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft’s corporate customers would react to such a move.
For the mean time Windows.Next is just a rumour, but certainly an interesting one.