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