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Microsoft shaves down kernel for Windows 7
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 19 October 2007 10:07

Microsoft is readying MinWin, a slimmed-down rewrite of the Windows core code that will be part of Windows 7, its next OS
By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
October 19, 2007

The core code for Microsoft's Windows OS is undergoing a rewrite to make it slimmer for use in a wide range of future products, including Windows 7, the OS that will succeed Vista.
The internal project, code-named "MinWin," is not being readied for a product just yet but will be part of Windows 7, said Eric Traut, a distinguished engineer, during a recent presentation at the University of Illinois. A video of his talk has been posted online.

The kernel is the fundamental code underlying an OS that manages services for applications such as drivers, file management and memory.

"A lot of people think of Windows as this large, bloated operating system, and that's maybe a fair characterization, I have to admit," Traut said. "But at its core, the kernel, and the components that make up the very core of the operating system, is actually pretty streamlined."   More   Comment in the Forums


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