Evidence Mounting: Windows 7 Going Modular

When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft’s most modular yet. Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering, Microsoft has offered multiple desktop OSes in the marketplace ever since the days of Windows NT 3.1, with completely different code bases until they were unified in Windows 2000. Unification isn’t necessarily a good thing, however; Windows Vista is a sprawling, complex OS. A singular yet highly modular OS could give Microsoft the best of all possible worlds: OSes that can be highly customised for deployment but developed monolithically

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