There was apprehension regarding the hypervisor, which is to be the core of Microsoft’s next operating system –Windows 8. It means that the approach would be of a fully virtualized machine monitor. But gradually it’s receiving a thumbs up from both industry insiders and consumers alike.
An operating system that does every thing as a virtualized monitor would be one of the most beneficial and significant step, that Microsoft can take in the course of upgrading the Windows platform.
Windows 7 has been installed with minor changes like making of applications like movie and DVD creation tools, messaging and even email options. It has also disentangled Internet Explorer from the Operating Systems core, which means that at least in European Union ,people can choose to have a other Browsers pre-installed in their Desk top. These small changes would go a long way in making clear the path of windows 8 to become the first fully virtualized Windows.
The benefits of having an operating System that acts like a virtualized machine are endless. Not only will all the applications, files, drives and web browsers be protected from each other, they won’t be able to harm the operating system as well. Moreover a machine like Operating System is easier to handle. So, launching and closing them and accessing the system Hard Drives and also the Peripherals which are outside the virtual machines will most certainly become more user-friendly. With many of the users well- acquainted and swearing by the Windows Task Manager, these forms of absolute control would be well appreciated. The only downside of the total set up would be the fact that hardware control and mounting of Drives might become a little tough. But of course Microsoft will expectedly work out this problem before the launch.
Virtualized Operating System would also mean a lot of security to the PC. So, if while browsing, a nasty malware does try to attack, it would get stopped in the Browser sand box itself and won’t be able to proceed any further than that. With such level of over bearing security, it is not hard to predict that Windows 8 will spell the doom for software security industry.
The most significant and biggest benefit is the fact that with a virtualized Operating System, the registry system would die. Windows will no longer keep track of every application, call, device and DLL that one uses. Virtualized apps and hardware will only be allowed to store local XML files that tell them something about the base hardware and where to find locally-stored files. Device drivers already get their Device Stage information from just such an XML-like file. I see no reason why this couldn’t work for everything else” Lance Ulanoff of PC Magazine fame asserts, in this regard.
Google Chrome’s launch is just around the corner. It is light and relies heavily on the cloud based applications .Security wise it’s a notch above Windows 7.For many ,the mythical virtualized windows 8 is just too far away in time. But a dilemma remains regarding Chrome’s power, usability etc. Most of the users would most probably wait for the well trusted software giant Microsoft to deliver the dream-a fully virtualized Operating system. Microsoft will have to do something radical to make this dream come true-alive and kicking. Till then, we have our fingers crossed.