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Windows 9, 10 and 11 All About Streaming

If one patent defines the future of Windows, then after Windows 8 we'll see Windows become a true cloud-ready OS. The recently unearthed Microsoft patent describes how an OS can boot from the cloud to a remote computing device, whatever it may be, and the storage streams back and forth from the 'Net.

The theory is you can have a laptop, tablet, what have you that is purely dumb until it connects. Then it boots remotely and starts to work. Not entirely original and perhaps not patent-worthy, but it may indicate Redmond's direction moving forward.

I believe that for decades to come Microsoft will sell operating systems that come with your phone, PC or whatever.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/22/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Tue, Aug 23, 2011 Johnny Reb Utah

I noticed the reference to '82...how about before that..."way back when..." The "cloud" was here first and then the PC changed all that, putting data on the desk top. No I don't want to go back to punch cards, but redundant systems can only go so far. (fan a deck of cards and play "52" card pickup sometime) Some things will work in the cloud other things won't, find the balance and move forward. One of the issues that the goverment and other entities deal with is the reported many lost laptops each year, for various reasons. If I lost a dumb box, I lose equipment, which can be "easily" replaced. If I lose a laptop full of corporate or government "secrets", I could wind up in jail. Balance is the key, at least in my not so humble opinion.

Tue, Aug 23, 2011 Johnny Reb Utah

I noticed the reference to '82...how about before that..."way back when..." The "cloud" was here first and then the PC changed all that, putting data on the desk top. No I don't want to go back to punch cards, but redundant systems can only go so far. (fan a deck of cards and play "52" card pickup sometime) Some things will work in the cloud other things won't, find the balance and move forward. One of the issues that the goverment and other entities deal with is the reported many lost laptops each year, for various reasons. If I lost a dumb box, I lose equipment, which can be "easily" replaced. If I lose a laptop full of corporate or government "secrets", I could wind up in jail. Balance is the key, at least in my not so humble opinion.

Tue, Aug 23, 2011

Public Clouds Suck! Been working with computers since 82 and can't think of a more unsecure way to do things and store your data! Now a private cloud would be cool!

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 Optimistic Pessimist

OS from the cloud, Apps from the cloud, data on the cloud... What happens on a power outage? What about an internet outage? Too many points of failure. I like being able to work on a project even when the internet is unavailable. What about data security? Network IO and network lag will kill the performance of any machine. Now the Network will be the bottle neck instead of the hard drive or RAM. 2 Thumbs down. Maybe it will be ok for kids computers but not for work.

Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Chrome OS anyone.

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 Mitch Reno

I don't like the idea of computing in the "cloud". I don't want my applications or my data out in the ether. This 3 hour outage is just one example of why not. This cloudy trend increases my potential points of failure in the system and if the internet is down - nobody can do anything.

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