Microsoft wants to “get a lean and mean Windows running everywhere”

Microsoft wants to “get a lean and mean Windows running everywhere”

A job post by Microsoft highlights aninteresting strategy which the tech giant is picking up with itsWindows and Windows Phone platforms. The company is working to scaleWindows's memory footprint down to mere megabytes instead of theseveral gigabytes which the operating system's installation normallytakes. 


The effort stems from having to fit Windows Phone on deviceswith less than 4GB of in-built storage. But MS's mobile platformisn't the only product that's being sent to a weight loss program.Microsoft wants to make a small, efficient subset of the full-fledgedWindows which will run on connected devices of all kinds. It's thesame strategy that Google is developing with Android and Samsung isworking on with Tizen.



With the way things are going, whilewe're currently choosing our smartphones and tablets based on theoperating system, one day we will be choosing our entire smart-homesbased on what OS they run too. We can already picture the heated messageboard debates - "iOS is best for the car but doesn't do heatingvery well, Android runs great on the fridge but isn't secure enoughfor the garage door, and Windows is definitely the way to go for thekitchen table."



Apparently, Windows Phone 8 was thefirst Windows subset developed with the goal of shrinking in mind."As we further scale down to lower cost devices and smallerfootprint form factors, we need to further improve its CPU, RAM, anddisk footprint." - explains Microsoft, adding that its goalis "to get a lean and mean Windows running everywhere."



via MicrosoftNews

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64 Comments

63. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

With Microsoft Windows being a software giant im sure its possible. Id suggest maybe making an RT version of Windows for Windows Phone. That would be pretty amazing.

59. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

“But they were, all of them, deceived, for another Windows was made. In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Gates forged in secret a master Windows, to control all others. And into this Windows he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. "One Windows to rule them all." One by one, the Free Lands of Middle Earth fell to the power of the Windows. But there were some who resisted. A Last Alliance of Men and Elves marched against the armies of Mordor and on the slopes of Mount Doom, they fought for the freedom of Middle Earth. Victory was near. But the power of the Windows could not be undone.”

26. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

good luck with that...every desktop OS just keeps on getting bigger...

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. The hardware requirements from Vista on up is funny. Surprised its lower for OS X....and we all know Linux is easily customizable, scalable.

17. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Its like what they did with PC starting with Win95. It was success. Not until Win8 when they have overdone it, they have to start from base one all over again. Just like WindowsPhone, they started small but firm.

16. papss unregistered

I know a lot of these things have been in the works for a while but since the new chief came it seems there's more focus for m$.. love seeing all the ideas

10. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

only took them 8+ years to realize this????? fav window os is still xp.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No it took not worrying about a pc from 1988 working in windows 8 kind of thing. There is a reason why windows is bloated...

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Finally! Some real common sense from MS. The world belongs to low power memory efficient OS. Intel is working hard on their Atom SOC. Microsoft can help by reducing the system requirements for their full fledged Windows. The days of overpowering desktop cpu and gpu are over!

4. utg001 unregistered

So begins the demise of Android!

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Not yet, but it will happen in the future.

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

And when it will happen (and it'll take at lest 10 years) it won't be because of Microsoft.

12. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

It will happen when....

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, Google will probably move on to some new in your brain OS and MS will kill Android in the mobile space. Then they'll introduce their brain OS equivalent 5 years later and over promise, under deliver, etc. Etc.

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It will happen when Samsung ditch Android for their own platform. That seems to be on the cards pretty soon.

41. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You do realize before Samsung.... Moto and HTC carried Android on their backs. Android was popular, growing before the Galaxy S 1...and it will be fine if Samsung never makes another Android phone. This isnt WP....where if it wasn't for Nokia....WP would still be struggling to pass BB in market share.

46. Dastrix unregistered

I get your point, but what NokiaFTW is saying is true. Looking ahead, if, or should I say, when Samsung ditches Android, the OS is done. Android's success largely depends on Samsung. The other OEMs like HTC (which is already spilling red ink) are just there, tagging along for the ride, and won't ever have the impact that Samsung once had. M$ is clearly planning for the long-term.

54. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So...it seems like some of you are placing Samsung on as high a pedestal as Apple and Nokia... Interesting. HTC is in the red ink because of Samsung. With no Samsung in the picture....HTC, LG, Moto would have bigger slices of the Android pie. All you have to do is remove Samsung from the top spot.....pretend they didnt exist...and each OEM under neath moves up....with bigger profits and bigger market share. Android already had forward momentum before the GS1. Think about that...

50. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You're right but before Samsung it wasn't stellar, it was still fighting BB and iOS. It was samsungs marketing that helped push it to number one.

55. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Samsung's marketing....and having a flagship on each carrier, and having a ton of low and mid range phones too. Samsung also leads in quantity of phones manufactured. Between HTC, Moto and Samsung....for low to mid range phones its Samsung with the most....followed by HTC...with Moto at the bottom. Its no coincidence that the Moto G is the best selling Motorola smartphone ever in Moto's history. They went away from the low end, mid range markets for a few years...and it hurt. They need to take a page out of Samsungs book about saturating the marketing and having a bigger presence on more carriers.

35. express77 unregistered

It will be google themselves to kill android as chrome OS is their future plan.Android has large patent fees problem and they are collecting patents to become free from MS license fees. But because android is open source, someone might keep developing it.

20. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

In your dreams... Android is more flexible of all the mobile OSes...it will fit in anywhere...from refrigerator to AC,oven to vaccum cleaner....and AOSP part of android is very light....and doesn't need resources to run like the one in smartphone...so no probs for android....

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I think you mean Linux will do that, not android in and of itself...

27. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I literally meant android...that's why i said AOSP part....as that's what is goin to end in this kinda products.... It's very light as I mentioned.... If you know android is already running a satellite...

49. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes and I was talking that Android is the name of the OS while Linux is the kernel that allows it to what you say it does. I do know what 'android' is running more specifically what Linux has been doing before android has come to fruit. It is not like android all of a sudden made it possible. No. But what it did do, is have a big company like Google maintain the AOSP for people to use and tear apart. But you have to license Android name from google, other wise it is just another 'linux' maintained coded project.

58. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Command script

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

iOS is also derived from Unix...so they are all in the same family. But...how many different types of products do we see running iOS? Phones and tablets. Android is damn near everywhere. TV's, cable boxes, cameras, etc. Even Windows is in some cash registers...

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Where have you been? First the iPhone coming to Verizon was the demise... Then the iPhone being on more carriers was Then it was the iPhone being cheaper.... Now its this....so now Android is so popular that all these "Android killer" scenarios are popping up every year, every other year. I rarely see the "iPhone killer" articles, comments anymore.. Good job Google.

64. utg001 unregistered

I never believed iOS to be any threat to Android. However I just think that MS is in better position to create an answer to Android if at all. Now you may argue that it will take MS a load of time to put out the right things but again it depends on what devices you want. If you want only a phone and a tablet then Android will be your best bet. But I need a PC! possibly even a gaming device, that is where MS is headed. What I actually mean is that Windows will not be able to out smart Android any time soon, Android is too good for that, for devs, students, gaming freaks and businesses alike Windows will become the better choice and this will put Android in a position where it can't eat into Windows' market. 4-5 years Apple will be last, Windows:Android:iOS 20:60:20

44. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

And next you're going to predict Apple is going out of business? Yeah, okay.

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