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Microsoft says forget windows 8 and 9 they're going to the cloud

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    Microsoft says forget windows 8 and 9 they're going to the cloud


    Windows and Office continue to be Microsoft’s main cash cows, with a range of additional offerings also qualifying for positions of top earners. There are a range of company divisions pulling in over $1 billion in revenue each year, including Xbox, SQL Server, System Center, Unified Communications, SharePoint, Developer Tools, Dynamics, and Online Advertising. And yet, Microsoft is looking past Windows 8, Windows 9, Office 15 and Office 16, and is revealing that the future will be marked by a technology which is still in its infancy: the Cloud.

    “Ladies and gentleman, we're going to a new world. We're going to a world where not only will every device be connected, but every application, and more importantly every person will be connected. We're going to a world where you will live, where how you live and how you work, the lines will be blurred, because lifestyle and work style are becoming more and more connected,” said Kevin Turner, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer.

    full article Forget Windows 8/Windows 9, Microsoft’s Future Is in the Cloud - According to the company’s COO Kevin Turner - Softpedia

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    Norwich, UK
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    Windows 8 Pro


    this looks promising:

    And our big bold goal for the next couple of decades is we want to have a continuous cloud service for every person and every business.
    That would suggest they are not going to the cloud just yet.
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    Eastern Shore, MD
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    Vista Ultimate (x64) SP2

    contious cloud service


    How can you have continueous cloud service with todays infrastructure, hell they still have people on dial up, no choice?? Personally I think one of the main reasons they are pushing cloud is so that they can stop spending 10mil a year fighting piracy. Think about it, you buy an OS from them and they give it to you and control it from the cloud and no longer have to worry about pirated cd's/dvd's. They are already gearing toward that with the authenication process required to be installed now if you want updates. They are basically telling you that they will have complete control over every app, Just like the futureistic Sci movies of yesterday and today, something that I don't want.
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    Eau Claire, WI. USA
    Posts : 68
    Windows Dream Edition 32bit


    It's okay, we're all gonna die in 2012 anyway. Right? I mean, because that myth is SO true. (sarcasm)
    Really, if they're going to cloud technology, why don't they do it already? And decades? In a couple decades there may very well be something beyond cloud.
    Personally cloud has always seemed more of a myth than anything else.
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    They will have to start slow and get the masses convinced it's a good thing.

    There are a lot of people not so happy with the Cloud idea, they won't take the chance of losing a large part of thier market share.
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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Quote Originally Posted by cwl7454 View Post
    How can you have continueous cloud service with todays infrastructure, hell they still have people on dial up, no choice?? Personally I think one of the main reasons they are pushing cloud is so that they can stop spending 10mil a year fighting piracy. Think about it, you buy an OS from them and they give it to you and control it from the cloud and no longer have to worry about pirated cd's/dvd's. They are already gearing toward that with the authenication process required to be installed now if you want updates. They are basically telling you that they will have complete control over every app, Just like the futureistic Sci movies of yesterday and today, something that I don't want.
    Nor I. I have NO interest in cloud-computing. At all.

    If MS does go this route, I'll be going open-source.
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    Well, Windows 8 DOES already have SkyDrive settings syncing between devices.....the cloud is the future?
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    One thing good about the cloud so far is that most of my settings for Windows 8 are now stored in my MSN account files.

    When I installed Windows 8 to my SSD drive after trying it out on a regular hard drive I noticed that most of my personal settings were already done for me. Things like folder options set too single click, task bar auto hide was already set up, My Favorites in IE10 including my frequently visited sites was already there in IE10 without me having to do a thing.

    Quite a few other personal settings that I normally had to perform manually were already done for me. This was very convenient to say the least.

    What people don't realize is that if your using Windows 8 and you have a Windows Live account you are already using the cloud. Windows 8 will be syncing your settings from your PC to your tablet, pad or phone without you having to do a thing. Now that's a darn good use for the cloud even if you don't use the free storage space.

    I see a lot of complaints about the cloud but it has it's purpose and I'm starting to like the idea.
    Last edited by chev65; 10 Mar 2012 at 13:08.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I don't think MS can possibly mean The Cloud

    Cloud Cuckoo Land more like it.

    Some people actually USE computers for quite long periods without even THINKING about having an Internet connection.

    There is a time and place for this type of application -- but people don't want or see the need to be "Tethered" to a remote source whenever they need to do anything on a computer.

    Online meetings / intra company presentations etc are all fine but a lot of time people are working away on reports / spreadsheets / presentations etc without any need for the Cloud whatsoever.

    If you have any stock in MSFT and that's the future they are planning for themselves then GET RID OF IT NOW.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    South Texas
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    Windows 8 CP, Windows 7


    The Cloud would leave us rural inhabitants without high speed internet in the Rain. It's bad enough already. Having to download software for everything before an App would run would be too painful.
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