Inside Gazelle, Microsoft Research’s “browser OS”

by admin July 11, 2009 at 10:06 am

Microsoft has published a research paper on Gazelle, an experimental “multi-principal OS” for the Web. But it’s not actually an operating system; it’s really a browser prototype that runs on Windows, and it just might be the future of browsing. Ars takes a close look at the technology behind Gazelle to show you how it compares to Chrome and Internet Explorer.

A research team led by Microsoft’s Helen Wang recently published a report about an experimental browser prototype called “Gazelle” that uses processes to isolate page content elements originating from different domains. It builds on the concept of multiprocess browsing but uses more fine-grained isolation to expand on the security advantages that are already delivered by existing multiprocess browsing models. But is it an operating system, Microsoft Research’s analogue to Google’s Chrome OS? Not quite.

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