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Book review: Darwinia
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Microsoft Monad (MSH) under the hood
Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Ryan Paul wrote an extensive overview of Microsoft's forthcoming new Windows shell for Ars Technica back in October. I finally got around to reading it this afternoon. In short, it looks as Microsoft may have a winner here.

It's interesting to see the different strategies each camp (Microsoft, Apple, Linux as a whole) is taking. I'm not knowledgeable enough to say anything about Linux but Apple's Automator and Microsoft's Monad are heading in very different directions: Apple is adding a thin veneer to existing functionality whereas MS is redoing the whole shell thing with objects taking the place of text.

Both techniques are important for making computers easier to use but I hope that Monad's ideas get grabbed by the other camps; it really looks like good stuff.


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