Introducing the Windows Internals Series: One Windows Kernel

One of the pieces of feedback we regularly hear is that our fans want more detailed and technical articles diving deep into the behind-the-scenes on the development of the Windows OS. To address this feedback, we’re officially kicking off the Windows Internals series of articles today. Some of these articles will be new content published here on our Windows Insider website while others might be links to other blog posts from various teams talking about their work in Windows. The goal is to publish these articles whenever we can but there isn’t a set schedule. Sometimes we may have multiple articles within a single week and sometimes it might be a week or two between new articles. I’m keeping a list of topics in Microsoft To-Do and if you have any suggestions, feel free to tweet them my way!

To kick off the Windows Internals series – we’re highlighting a blog post published today on the Windows Kernel by Principal Group Program Manager Hari Pulapaka. Windows is an extremely flexible operating system and this is because the Windows Kernel scales dynamically depending on the architecture and the processor that it’s run on to exploit the full power of the hardware. Windows supports a variety of SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit – or sometimes referred to as the “editions” of Windows) that run in a multitude of environments; from data centers, laptops, Xbox, to embedded IoT devices such as ATM machines. The Windows Kernel remains virtually unchanged on all these architectures and SKUs. Hari’s blog post dives in to talk about the evolution of the core pieces of the Windows Kernel that allows it to transparently scale to all the architectures. Check it out!

I hope those of you who enjoy technical behind-the-scenes articles about Windows enjoy this new series of articles!

Thanks,
BLB