Via Patrick Logan: I bet this is going to spread through the blogosphere like the influenza virus that has been plaguing everyone around me and now finally reached me: Microsoft’s “Bigtop”, which definitely sounds interesting:
- Highwire: Highwire is a technology designed to automate the development of highly parallel applications that distribute work over distributed resources, the aforementioned sources said. Highwire is a programming language/model that will aim to make the testing and compiling of such parallel programs much simpler and more reliable.
- Bigparts: Bigparts is code designed to turn inexpensive PC devices into special-purpose servers, according to the sources. Bigparts will enable real-time, device-specific software to be moved off a PC, and instead be managed centrally via some Web-services-like model.
- Bigwin: According to sources close to Microsoft, Bigwin sounds like the ultimate manifestation of Microsoft’s “software as a service” mantra. In a Bigwin world, applications are just collections of OS services that adhere to certain “behavioral contracts.” These OS services can be provided directly by the core OS or even obtained from libraries outside of the core OS.
Unfortunately, this paragraph sort of reduces expectations a little:
Sources said Microsoft will likely make some sort of preview version of the Bigtop code available to the company’s software-development partners by 2006. If and when the final version debuts, it won’t be much before the end of the decade, sources added.
In other words: nothing that is to be taken too seriously — right now, at least.