A Windows OS for the Clouds

A Windows OS for the Clouds

The software produced by Microsoft is usually largely adopted by enterprises, but personal users have lately started to look for more agile and light-weighted technologies, with the help of Apple and Google.

Although Microsoft has been one of the first players to step on the cloud computing scene with Azure, it is generally regarded as being relatively late to develop efficient cloud technologies for personal use.

Since Microsoft Office is already shifting towards the clouds, Microsoft takes a new step forward and it is trying to meets these needs by attempting to develop its next generation of operating systems. Windows 8 appears to offer a very cloud friendly environment. Furthermore, Microsoft is set to offer all of its new software on cloud as well as on premise from now on.

Windows 8 will be used for desktops, laptops and tablets and will allows users to interconnect them. Since the vast majority of PC users work on multiple computers, it would only make sense for Microsoft to embrace this feature. Probably its main improvement is cloud integration, through its “roaming profile”.

If you login from any device with Windows 8, through the ”roaming profile” and cloud synchronization, your settings will appear on the device, as files will be synced with a cloud service. I personally cannot help but wonder how much similar will this feature be with iCloud?

Here are some other main features that Windows 8 will contain, highly rumored to be a cloud operating system:

  • There will be a Windows App Store.
  • Access to the Azure online storage service is integrated.
  • The new UI, called Metro, will launch apps instantly.
  • The new OS will run faster. Its increased performance will dramatically improve the browsing on the Internet and web apps’ speed. Software developers can also develop apps for the Windows App Store. The Windows 8 Developer Preview was already made available for install on virtualization platforms such us the VMware workstation.

Cloud computing is getting so big that even Microsoft (which develops the world’s most renowned OS) tries to adapt its latest OS to include cloud features. They are rumored to want to reinvent the operating systems market, but they have fierce competition from the Google Chrome OS and Apple iOS. We will know for sure in late 2012, when it is rumored to be released.

By Rick Blaisdell / Rickscloud

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Comics

At CloudTweaks, we're plugged into the cloud, the internet of things and all that the web has to offer. From wearable technology, to mobile computing, cloud computing and big data, CloudTweaks is your source for updates and news on the most innovative technology.

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Monetization of the Internet of Things – Q&A With Brendan O’Brien

Monetization of the Internet of Things – Q&A With Brendan O’Brien

Q&A With Brendan O’Brien, Co-Founder of Aria Systems (Part 1) Monetization of the internet of things (IoT) is one of the most exciting and challenging issues facing the industry today, so we spoke with Brendan O’Brien to learn more. Brendan is the Co-Founder of Aria Systems, who are one of the leading innovators in recurring…

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014

BYOD Will Continue To Define Workplaces In 2014 The bring-your-own-device trend has been the subject of scrutiny ever since its initial formation. Given how quickly personal smartphones and tablets became a fixture in everyday life, it makes perfect sense that these mobile machines would slip into workplaces. While BYOD has caused headaches for many businesses,…

The Education Revolution: Cloud In The Classroom

The Education Revolution: Cloud In The Classroom

The Education Revolution: Cloud In The Classroom With the back-to-school season now upon us, parents, students and teachers everywhere are once again struggling with the perpetual challenge of making kids job-ready in a high-speed and fast-changing environment. There is little doubt in anyone’s mind that information technology plays a central role in all areas of life…

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data

Cloud Infographic – The Future Of Big Data Big Data is BIG business and will continue to be one of the more predominant areas of focus in the coming years from small startups to large scale corporations. We’ve already covered on CloudTweaks how Big Data can be utilized in a number of interesting ways from preventing world hunger to…

Featured Sponsors

Watching You Shop: Stores And Mannequins “Read” Their Customers And Respond

Watching You Shop: Stores And Mannequins “Read” Their Customers And Respond

Watching You Shop The mannequin in the store window stares blankly ahead as shoppers look at the clothes it is dressed in and contemplate a purchase. One shopper makes some comments. “It’s nice. I wonder if they have my size.” Another takes a few steps inside the store to see where these particular clothes might…

Sponsors

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud

Built For The Cloud vs. Adapting To The Cloud It may just sound like semantics, but there is a real difference between something that was “built for” versus “adapted to.” Would you rather buy a house that was “designed for” energy efficiency or one that was “adapted to” be energy efficient? “Built for” describes a…

Placement Opportunities - Find Out!

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Join Our Newsletter