Skip to comments.Rumor: Windows 10 to become a cloud based OS
Posted on 09/02/2013 12:13:08 PM PDT by LibWhacker
Microsoft Windows 10 might become a cloud based operating system (OS) according to a leaked road-map. The road-map shows that Microsoft will no longer release service packs but instead will release major updates every year which also increases the version number of the OS. The next major improvement should be Windows 9, this should bring back the Aero interface in a new form.
This should also be a version in which Microsoft will merge its ARM CPU based Windows RT platform with Windows Phone. This version of Windows could also be the last version of Windows as we know it.
According to the road-map is Microsoft planning to release Windows 10 with heavy cloud support, something Google is currently doing with ChromeOS. This means that many functionality on the computer no longer requires heavy hardware on the client side, lots of processing could be done on the servers of the cloud service.
Currently Microsoft is embedding their Skydrive cloud service in Windows 8, which is for e.g. Office the preferred option to store documents. For users this has the benefit that documents can be accessed from everywhere.
A cloud based OS has the benefit for Microsoft that it will limit piracy. Many parts of the OS will not run on the local computer but require to access the cloud where the actual software is running from. Benefits for users is that they always have up to date software and that they no longer need fast and expensive hardware. But since the rumors say that Windows 10 might be controlled using eyesight, new hardware might be a requirement to actually use the OS.
The roadmap has been posted on a Russian forum by an user of WZOR, the hacking group that was responsible for leaking Windows 7 RTM, Windows 8 RTM and Windows 8.1 RTM before their official release. The group allegedly has access to Microsoft internals which allows them to release software preliminary, this makes the rumor at least interesting.
The return of the dumb terminal....everything old is new again.
This cloud will be hosted at the NSA.
All your personal documents in the cloud, what could possibly go wrong?
Microsoft wouldn't be dumb enough to cede that territory.
Sure about that?
It doesn’t say anything about getting hold of your data. They are talking about Windows specifically.
Furthermore Bill Gates hasn’t been at the helm of Microsoft for several years now.
Which one of the druggies came up with this “cloud” BS anyway? Cloud my @$$.
Sounds like it may be time to get up to speed on Linux.
Exactly. Especially in light of all the recent revelations about the lack of privacy and security in the world. That cloud would be one big fat juicy target and I’m not going anywhere near it!
Don’t forget FreeVMS. I always loved VMS.
Gee, isn't that nice of them. That big new NSA data storage facility out in Utah must be for this.
How terribly uncharitable of us to assume it was for secret surveillance of US citizens.
Instead, they're going to have us all upload all our data for them!
Yeah, but this time it's different! And Better! :-) /sarc
It's all cyclical.
I work with VMware. Explained what it was in rough sketches to my Dad, who replied, "Hmm. I did that 30 years ago on an old System 34".
4-5 years ago I was at a cloud computing afternoon seminar, and one of the guys started his talk with the statement (paraphrasing) “I used to be an Application Service Provider, then I did Software As A Service, and now I do Cloud Computing.”
Most of the room had been around for a while, so there was quite a bit of laughter.
Software does things to data, whether it’s your tax data, your Word documents, etc. In the world of cloudheads, you own a dumb terminal and the OS, software, and your data reside in the cloud (or are easily accessible from it). No thanks!
Nope. Win7 was the last version of Windows as we know it.
It isn't obvious to anyone living in a wired-all-the-time city, but we rural dwellers know the hazards of overdependence on infrastructure. First your data, then your apps, and now your OS all depend on infrastructure. And infrastructure is vulnerable.
When my workplace decided to outsource email to The Cloud there was one individual who pointed out that while we were hosting it ourselves, we could communicate perfectly well locally if the Internet feed went down. If it goes down now the email goes dark. The guy pointing it out was our former networking team leader.
The big gainer from all this? Linux.
Running at VT52 off a mainframe is a completely different affair...I actually wouldn’t mind returning to that... vi, pine... trade in World of Warcraft for a good MUD... chatrooms and instant messaging via party and talk.
The only thing missing will be the porn... hey wait... with MS-Win 10 on this cloud... will the “cloud” pull in all the naked selfies on every 17 year-old girl’s cellphone?
SIGN ME UP!
I’ve used microsofts hosted solution for my company’s CRM. It worked ok but of course required internet access to see my data.
What wasn’t ok was their billing practices. Four months in a row they billed me 10 times what I owed. Kind of a shock to suddenly be $2,500 short in the account. By the 4th month they got it down to only taking 10 days to return my money.
They didn’t see the issue since they always corrected it, even if it took up to two months. Yes they said that.
When you decide the cancel you will end up paying, even if you are at the end of the term. Cancel early and you pay significant fees. Oh and they take the payment but won’t even tell you how much you owe.
So now they want me to give them this control over my PC? Time for linux.
The internet software will be updated so that our old systems will not function. And effectively cutoff unmonitored communications.
Why didn't someone see this coming?
All someone needs now is a virus that stops access to the cloud servers, and you are cutoff completely from your files...unless you pay the ransom.
Malware writers are salivating at the thought as we speak.
Yea, the six hours I spend on airlines every week - disconnected from the internet - don’t have to be productive. They can instead be wasted time.
That’s pretty much all Micoscam is these days anyway - wasted time.
Yeah, just the ability to access your data without the cloud.
And if you think that’s not going to provide the NSA access to your data you’re fooling yourself.
Well not literally, but then again, it doesn't make much difference.
I use Google Docs, and for what I need it for, it’s great....but I would never put anything mission-critical on it.
You know, I’m really happy with Win 7. I don’t like Win 8 and I’m not sure I’ll like Win 9 or 10 either.
I want nothing to do with The Cloud.
Cloud just sounds better than fog.
“If they do that, I predict it’ll be the biggest shot in the arm ever for Linux, and it’ll be a cold day in the realm of double hockey sticks before I let Billy Gates grab me by my data. “
More like a win for Apple, I’m afraid. Linux never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
In the 80’s as a telecom/data type we were referring to the cloud it is not a new concept.I remember investigating on line storage when NCR was absorbed and then let go by ATT.
IMOP......NSA is The Cloud
And if your Internet connection goes down, you’ll have an expensive paperweight.
Now we'll have the WWI, World Wide Intranet.
Atheist Windows 10 users are now going to have to talk to THEIR friends in the clouds to get any customer support!
basically windows will become ransomware. with the eula’s and forced upgrades written in, it practically is anyway.
And 8-bit graphics.
It is 2013 and the electoral algorithms that have been developed are getting more sophisticated by the day. It is literally down to square miles. “If we can boost our turnout in these five isolated square miles, we can win these two county - - and if we can win these two counties we can win the state.”
Whoever controls the data, controls the elections. This is Chicago mob politics at its core.
Of course the other, equally important, side of the coin is... dirt. We were outraged twenty years ago at what the Clintons could do with a thousand purloined FBI files. (Headshaking chuckle.) Do you have any idea what Ubama and the Chicago mob can do with server farms full of NSA data on nearly every citizen?
Which brings up a good question: how will they charge for this operating system, by the CPU cycle?
Following Google. (ChromeOS.)
By the time Windows 10 comes out floating on a cloud, the whole cloud hoopla fashion might be passe like nose earrings.
It’s the “smoke” in the “smoke and mirrors” that has become a fixture of our lives the past few years.
It will be a Non Existent OS at my house
As privacy rights are being trampled on left and right and once again there is talk of amending the constitution, perhaps there should be an explicit declaration of the rights of privacy of the individual, online, thermally (cops like to spy THROUGH your walls these days), and so forth.