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Why can't a Web browser be more like an operating system? That's a question being investigated with "Gazelle," an ongoing project at Microsoft Research.
Microsoft plans to describe Gazelle in greater detail next month at the Usenix Security Symposium in Montreal, according to an article published this week at the Microsoft Research Web site. Usenix is a computer security conference for academic researchers.
Gazelle is pure research led by Helen J. Wang of Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash. She and her colleagues published a paper in February explaining the construction of the Gazelle Web browser. The paper critiques security handling by both Internet Explorer 8 and Google's Chrome browser. Gazelle will seek a different approach -- one in which the browser acts more like an operating system to control processes.