Microsoft unveils Singularity research OS

 

Microsoft has unveiled a prototype operating system for the computer science research environment dubbed Singularity..

The operating system was unveiled at the TechFest 2008 research event in Redmond, and will be made available at no charge for academic and non-commercial use.

Microsoft said that Singularity will help to improve software dependability, and foster inventive research in systems, programming languages and tools.

Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, told the TechFest audience of customers, academics, dignitaries and media representatives: "Computing impacts every facet of our lives, from the way we work to the way we learn and live.

"Our job in research is to continuously advance technology to make our lives better in tangible ways.

"Singularity is not the next Windows. Think of it as a concept car: a prototype operating system designed from the ground up to test-drive a new paradigm for how operating systems and applications interact with one another.

"We are making it available to the community in the hope that it will enable researchers to try out new ideas quickly."

Singularity can be downloaded from CodePlex, an online Microsoft portal created in 2006 to foster collaborative software development projects and host shared source code.

Rashid also showed off a project called BEE3, a hardware platform that lets researchers experiment with different computer architectures without using costly custom chips.

He also highlighted multiple projects aimed at advancing the understanding of natural ecosystems.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Microsoft unveils Singularity research OS
 
 
 
Top Stories
 
 
IAG hands digital chief his own ‘Labs’ division
Enterprise ops chief squeezed out in restructure.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
The 5 Windows 10 privacy issues you should be aware of
Jul 31, 2015
There are a few unsettling details when it comes to Windows 10 privacy
Windows 10 is here! (For some)
Jul 29, 2015
Delivery of the free upgrade versions of Windows 10 began today - have you got yours yet?
Microsoft reveals Microsoft Send, a new enterprise chat app to rival Slack
Jul 27, 2015
Microsoft Send is MSN Messenger for grownups, and you could be using it at work very soon
Developers offered $500,000 grants to find HoloLens uses
Jul 8, 2015
Can augmented-reality end up in business?
Microsoft Tossup: The planning app for unorganised groups of friends
Jul 8, 2015
App allows friends to research venues, vote on plans and chat. And depending on how you run your ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should law enforcement be able to buy and use exploits?



   |   View results
Yes
  14%
 
No
  51%
 
Only in special circumstances
  18%
 
Yes, but with more transparency
  18%
TOTAL VOTES: 804

Vote