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Facebook Is Building a New OS with the Help of a Windows NT Co-Author

Facebook is looking to grow its empire with a custom OS known as Orion. Lead by Windows NT co-author Mark Lucovsky, it's designed to reduce the company's reliance on third parties.


is reportedly working on a new OS, with the motivation to reduce its reliance on companies like . According to The Information, the focus would be primarily on future devices.

It seems the company isn't content to control most of the market, have a stake in advertising, and own one of the most popular VR . Going forward, it's looking at devices like AR glasses, its own voice assistant, and custom silicon. Essentially, it wants to cut out third-parties as much as possible.

“We really want to make sure the next generation has space for us,” Facebook's head of hardware, Andrew Bosworth, told The Information. “We don't think we can trust the marketplace or competitors to ensure that's the case. And so we're gonna do it ourselves.”

With the numerous security breaches of its social media platforms and several serious WhatsApp vulnerabilities, I'm not sure I trust Facebook with the supporting structure of my digital life.

However, it does seem the OS has one thing going for it – it'll be led by Windows NT co-author Mark Lucovsky. A man so sought after that Steve Ballmer had to fend off accusations that he threw a chair when Lucovsky was poached by Google.

Lucovsky left Google a decade ago, working for VMWare and Mombo Labs before becoming the general manager of operating systems at Occulus VR in 2017. Unfortunately, Bosworth shared little else about the OS, codenamed ‘Orion', other than a tentative release estimate.

Orion could launch as early as 2023, which would place it conveniently next to 's rumored AR glasses. With and Portal currently running a modified version of , it stands to reason that will be an area the OS targets.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.