Microsoft secret project ‘Menlo’ may attempt to put desktop Windows on mobile devices

Apple Store“Microsoft is engaged in a project that would bring the core of its desktop OS to smartphones and other mobile devices, an investigation revealed today,” Electronista reports.

“The strategy would replace the Windows CE core used in Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 and Zune HD with the same Windows NT foundation that has persisted even up to Windows 7,” Electronista reports. “A graphics layer known as Experiment 19 would scale the experience down to handheld sizes.”

Electronista reports, “How soon it would launch, or if it would launch at all, is a mystery. Sources have told ZDNet that Microsoft might not necessarily require a whole architecture change and could instead tell Windows Phone 7 developers to simply focus on Silverlight, which runs on top of Windows CE and can be ported to the desktop without necessarily having to restart the app from scratch.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This is an excellent direction for Microsoft to proceed. We like their strategy. We like it a lot. Don’t forget the Registry now, ya hear?

May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!

55 Comments

  1. I think that it sounds great. It only took them 8 years to come out with an OS that didn’t completely suck.

    Windows Mobile will continue to be in the “other” category when they show mobile market share. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Gosh……sounds like……what was the name of it……a California company. You know, the one where they threw out the Founder, and then they almost died. Then they hired him back. He was leading the company forward. Then he almost died. They created a operating system that their phones, desktop, and servers use. And I think they also have some sort of magical device that sold a million units in a month as well. They did something similar…..a core OS foundation through out all its devices…

  3. A good laugh! Why this has to be a secret? That is the same revolutionary dinosaur innovation thinking they had all along.
    I like their strategy too!

  4. I’m with ericdano on this one.

    They’re basically trying to do what Apple has been doing: building the same OS core into all their devices, but with differing functionality for each device. The problem I see with this is that the core of Mac OS X (UNIX) seems to be very scalable, where the Windows NT core does not.

    Seriously, MS, get it working perfectly in the desktop form before you inflict your pile of shit on every other type of device out there.

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