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[theory] Windows 9+ to be based on QNX?

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    [theory] Windows 9+ to be based on QNX?


    Microsoft said to Invest $3.5 Billion in Research in Motion | N4BB - News for BlackBerry

    There isn't too much that RIM holds that is of use to Microsoft. There is Mobile Fusion (replacement to BIS), which supports iOS and Android and could theorectically link to Windows Phone (and by extension Windows on ARM) and could replace Domain, but I don't think that is enough for investing over half of RIM's current market cap.


    However, RIM owns QNX.
    I could go into the technobabble, but basically QNX is an OS designed for very high reliability, security, and responsiveness.

    In Windows 8, Metro applications are "sandboxed," meaning there is a clear layer of separation between the application and the OS. This is how the same applications will work on Windows on ARM, and also allows for something else:

    If Microsoft was to rebuild Windows on top of QNX, they would be able to take advantage of all of the capabilities of QNX, while still being able to run Metro applications flawlessly. Legacy support could be maintained by turning Desktop into a self-contained virtual machine, sort of like "XP mode"

    thoughts?

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    More likely based on/around Projects Singularity and Midori
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    Still looks like a QNX kernel could be mixed into Midori and Drawbridge. From what I can tell there are two or three different replacement kernel projects, which could be fused into one while rolling in some QNX technology.

    I think the outcome of this hypothetical orgy would be very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
    Still looks like a QNX kernel could be mixed into Midori and Drawbridge. From what I can tell there are two or three different replacement kernel projects, which could be fused into one while rolling in some QNX technology.

    I think the outcome of this hypothetical orgy would be very interesting.
    Microsoft has invested a lot of time and energy porting the NT kernel to Windows Phone 8 and WoA, so I can't see them diverging from that path, at least in the near to mid-term future.
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    It's possible that they ported NT because NT's replacement is not yet ready, and Microsoft can't wait.

    I believe Windows 8 and 9 will be a form of bridging OS, so that developers can port their programs and drivers before Microsoft completely breaks compatibility.

    If Windows 8 was built on a kernel that was incompatible with current drivers and applications, it'd float like a solid lead balloon containing a shard of a neutron star.
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[theory] Windows 9+ to be based on QNX?
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