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Might Microsoft’s Midori be Cairo

Microsoft’s post-Windows operating system, code-named “Midori,” elicited some interesting responses — and a few potential new clues over the past week.

To those of you who’re speculating/wondering whether Microsoft’s Midori might be a derivative of the Midori Linux effort and/or the Midori lightweight Web browser project, I’ll reiterate that I don’t believe these other Midori projects have anything to do with Microsoft’s Midori.

Microsoft’s Midori — from what little I’ve been able to glean about it — is a next-generation Microsoft operating system that is currently in “incubation” — meaning that it’s likely to be launched sooner than a typical Microsoft Research project, but not so soon as to obviate the need for Windows 7 and Windows 8. In other words, we’re looking at a new non-Windows operating system to debut some time before CEO Steve Ballmer retires (a date Ballmer has said is nine or so years away), but not before late 2009/early 2010 (the target date for Windows 7).

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