Speaking to The Venture Forum conference, Bryan Barnett, a manager for external research programmes in the Microsoft Research group, said that one of the areas being looked at was how to better use multicore processors.
He said that it was important to take full advantage of the processing power that those multicore architectures potentially make available. He said that this requires operating systems and development tools that don't exist today. While VoleWare does run on multicore processors, it is not fully optimised for them, he admitted.
Barnett said there is not even a time table for a Windows successor right now.
Early work includes five or six projects being undertaken in the Vole Hill labs. He said that finding a replacement for Vista was going to be incredibly hard work, despite all the resources Vole had at its disposal.
He told Infoworld that it was easier to find a DOS successor in the early 1990s when Microsoft was a lot smaller.
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