Microsoft to unveil Windows Cloud OS this month

By on October 1, 2008, 4:12 PM
Speaking at an event in London, Microsoft’s chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, has revealed that the company will let loose a new operating system, provisionally named Windows Cloud, at their professional developer conference later this month.

Microsoft has been long expected to unveil a cloud-based platform, and there’s been much speculation on whether the company will just launch a hosted version of Microsoft's software or a new Windows operating system. If we are to take Ballmer’s comments literally, however, this probably isn’t something you would just run on your desktop but rather some sort of Windows Server built to manage the needs of services in the cloud.

Ballmer also dismissed the idea of creating a Google Docs rival, suggesting there simply wasn't any value in it, but admitted the company was looking to bolster the online component of its Office suite. Further details about “Windows Cloud” remain scarce at the moment, but with Microsoft also expected to discuss Windows 7 at PDC, this is shaping up to be quite an interesting event. We’ll post more information as it becomes available, stay tuned.




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---agissi--- said:
"Windows Cloud", Your joking right?
shl0791 said:
that word is based off of "cloud computing"[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing[
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midgetmax said:
Cloud? Cant they come up with anything better? It looks like Microsoft could be making a very big networking move though. If the above statement is true, about it being more of a server OS, that might mean Microsoft is trying to become much more of a Networking software/OS. Think of how many computers you or your family own? i have a Network set up in my house, with anywhere from 3-6 computers. Maybe they are moving toward a very network implicated software that is easier and has a lot more in depth with networking whether it be small or big communities. I know if there was a very stable OS that was VERY network implicated, ran smooth, had a lot of accessibility, and was very compatible (Windows for ex.), i would definitely be sold. just my 2 cents/theory
Julio said:
[b]Originally posted by ---agissi---:[/b][quote]"Windows Cloud", Your joking right?[/quote]I won't blame you for thinking Microsoft was going with that kind of cheesy name for a next-gen OS :)
fullmetalvegan said:
Yeah I don't like the name either. =P
windmill007 said:
Cloud is something that is based in another location. We have cloud internet here at work. It is basically we get our internet from another state via a T1 and they run all the firewalls and security at there location. So the cloud is already used to describe anything that isn't local on your pc or network.[Edited by windmill007 on 2008-10-02 11:06:50]
Badfinger said:
I get the feeling most of us will be using XP for another 10 years.
hamsteyr said:
lol why did they have to name it something so incredibly lame :X VISTA wasn't THAT bad as in naming convention wise, but cloud? I think it would've been better for them to dump their failing SilverLight and use that name for the OS lol.Windows SilverLight. Now that sounds much better doesn't it? :P
Loquacious1 said:
[b]Originally posted by hamsteyr:[/b][quote]lol why did they have to name it something so incredibly lame :X VISTA wasn't THAT bad as in naming convention wise, but cloud? I think it would've been better for them to dump their failing SilverLight and use that name for the OS lol.Windows SilverLight. Now that sounds much better doesn't it? :P[/quote]Or Windows 'Golden Shower' which would be in line with what they've been doing to customers since Win95 took the stage. Ewww ;-/I'm using Vista Ultimate and have learned to live with it, but still wanted to stick with XP (and happen to have an extra license just in case I do). Uh huh
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