Microsoft Innovation?

Microsoft is talking innovation. This is so amazing I’m almost dumbfounded (I said almost.) News from VNUNet is that there will be a new browser called Gazelle, ostensibly like no other browser now available.

Microsoft researchers are working on a new browser called Gazelle which it promises will have some impressive new features and capabilities.

The firm released a research paper (PDF) late last week, saying that the new browser would offer significant security improvements compared to other browsers, including Internet Explorer.

“No existing browsers, including new architectures like Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome and OP, have a multi-principal operating system construction that gives a browser-based operating system the exclusive control to manage the protection of all system resources among web site principals,” Microsoft said in the report.

The browser will change this tradition by being built on its own kernel, in effect allowing it to operate as an operating system. This means that Gazelle could intelligently identify traffic, and react to anything malicious.

“Our prototype implementation and evaluation experience indicates that it is realistic to turn an existing browser into a multi-principal operating system that yields significantly stronger security and robustness with acceptable performance and backward compatibility,” the researchers wrote.

The browser is only open for discussion at this stage, and there are no current plans for a release in any form.

“The implementation and evaluation of our IE-based prototype shows promise of a practical multi-principal operating system-based browser in the real world,” the researchers concluded.

This will be interesting, simply because I would like to see what happens with any competition between Internet Explorer 8 and the new kid on the block.

I guess those guys at Port 25 had to finally come up with something to demonstrate their worth. I hope it does well, as that will only force the established choices to do better. Yes, I see it is ‘not to be released’ but that won’t last long. No company does that much work with no purpose.

(After looking over the article a second time, I wonder if this ‘browser cum operating system’ is a next generation thin client solution, or possibly the next thing MS wants to put on a netbook.)


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