The release of Windows next operating system ( Windows 8 ) is not too far away, and just like with any other system, everybody is speculating as to what Kernels will be used. In this guide, we will explore the potential Kernels in a bit more detail.
128 Bit Kernel
Before Windows 7 had even been released, somebody working in the research department at Microsoft gave away that Windows 8 would be using a 128 bit kernel system. Robert Morgan (a senior research and development worker at Microsoft), said on his job summary on LinkedIn, that he was working on; ‘Research and Development projects, including 128bit architecture compatibility with the Windows 8 Kernel’.
This profile was quickly (probably by a mortified Windows team). However, the results can still be found all over the Internet by various people that print screened the whole fiasco.
Robert Morgan’s LinkedIn page also went onto say that Windows 8 would work together with; Intel, AMD, HP and IBM.
If this rumour is true, then this will be the first time that a PC would be able to support a 128 bit kernel. However, other sources are saying that this is just a rumour, and that Robert Morgan did not even work for Microsoft.
If Windows 8 does roll out the 128 bit kernel then it seems like they will also be able to support 64 bit (which would be essential), and maybe even 32 bit if time and space allows. Rumor has it that Windows 8 might be a 64-bit only system by now.
Reports in Asia
Another piece that was doing the rounds claimed that the new Windows system would be based on a new NT Kernel NT7.0. He also went onto say that the Beta would be released sometime in the second quarter of 2011, with the system being rolled out in November 2011, even though various reports have suggested Windows 8 will not be out until mid 2012.
Another hint that was dropped is that the Windows 8 system would have four editions (ultimate, professional, home premium and cloud). This news has had a good reception because a lot of people feel that these ‘modes’ are the best that Microsoft has to offer, and offering anything else would be a waste of time.
Up until now there have been no confirmed Kernels from Microsoft, but it seems that many people already have a good idea of what they will be using. However, only time will tell.