I tend to disagree with Robert. First, Smarttags aren’t “evil” and second, Google may not have plans to ship Hailstorm. J
When I read about Mark Lucovsky leaving Microsoft at eWeek this morning, the first thing that came to my mind was – like Microsoft Watch – “GOS” or Google OS. Why? Because of Mark’s contributions and lead in areas like virtual memory management and other key OS kernel components at DEC and Microsoft.
He has not been hired to repeat Hailstorm. I guess (just guessing!) he has been hired to show the guys at Google how to do an OS right. Design, development and team. See slides 10 and 11 of this talk.
Well, I also had a wired feeling that we might not be talking about an OS as we know it today from VMS, Windows and others. More along the lines of what is the NEXT generation of OS. People the caliber of a Dave Cutler and Mark Lucovsky would not work on another derivative of VMS or NT. Today these guys would work on stuff that will again be the basis and platform of the future. Perhaps a Hypervisor?
– A Hypervisor offering virtual devices like search&find. A device instantaneously available in any OS running on top of this Hypervisor. And tons of other stuff you can speculate about looking at Google’s latest hiring list and acquisitions.
But your guess is a good as mine. What is your guess?