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As many of you know Windows 8, also known as Windows Next, is been developed. Microsoft has spread the word that their new OS will use the cloud.

"We believe the cloud is the future and cloud will help accelerate Microsoft’s revenues and profit growth. With the announcement of Azure on Monday, we have completed our cloud offering, which means anything and everything that MS offers can be delivered over the cloud."-Rajan Anandan, MD of Microsoft India

What are your thoughts about this? Pros and Cons? would this work? Will Microsoft will be always stuck in this order: one good OS, bad OS, good OS, Bad OS.




ME- Horrible

XP- good

Vista- bad

W7- Amazing!


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asked Mar 28 '11 at 06:48

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Why do people think this, it isn't the software that is bad, it is your cheap, crappy hardware. You get what you pay for. I would rather have the so called "bad" Windows Vista over Windows XP any day, as long as I have hardware that can handle it.

Each version of Windows is better than the one before it, it's that simple. Sure, there are problems and screw ups here and there, but not nearly as many as the computer illiterate users of today would have you think. And most of the problems are due to user error and terrible hardware. In fact I remember Chris making a video on this a while back.

Microsoft can't control your decision to put a Ferarri body onto a Hyundai engine, don't complain that the OS is bad when you don't take the steps to make it work correctly in the first place!

You know how many problems I had with ME? A few, they were fixed later on. How many with Vista? A few, again, they were fixed and my advanced hardware performed much better than it would have had it been equipped with XP. And Windows 7 is the best... it's also the newest!

Further to the point, why does Apple "seem" to make great software constantly? THEY CONTROL EVERYTHING! Hardware, software, they make it user friendly so that they can appeal to the less computer savvy audience who thinks, "hey, everything works! Microsoft must suck!" when in fact they have no idea how many more logistical hoops Microsoft has to go through to be able to do what they do, and open the doors to the personal computer power users.

Apple and Microsoft, both great companies who make great software, yet they cannot be compared because they serve different people with different needs.

Not to say that Apple computers cannot be power user friendly, they just operate differently. You aren't likely to see a tricked out modded, high performance, overclocked gaming iMac. (not legally anyway).

(Mar 28 '11 at 08:36) Zlpha Zlpha's gravatar image

98 was bad? Well I guess I never used it...

(Mar 28 '11 at 09:12) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Yay yet another reason NOT to buy Windows 8. History is repeating and this one is going to be BAD!!!!

(Mar 28 '11 at 11:18) nitrocrime nitrocrime's gravatar image

I am still gonna try it, since I cannot judge something without trying it first.

(Mar 28 '11 at 17:57) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

FYI, I totally agree with your rating of each windows OS. windows 7 knocked my socks off.

(Mar 28 '11 at 20:51) iGeek3 iGeek3's gravatar image

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If I may, I totally think Windows should switch over to a Unix based system! make it like Ubuntu one.... Windows live works good but lacks. NT systems is old, and buggy. Unix is fresh and new, Make the whole OS a part time Cloud. (you sync what you want to the internet folders, files etc.)

answered Mar 29 '11 at 08:29

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I ams till using Windows XP and almost everything on the internet runs on it, except for the latest.

answered Mar 29 '11 at 06:50

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windows xp is amazing, but I was really suprised when I upgraded to win7

(Mar 29 '11 at 08:32) iGeek3 iGeek3's gravatar image

I Think Microsoft should make the cloud base OS as another ver. so people can choose w/e they want a cloud based OS or like the other versions. It means they could add to: Business, Professional, Ultimate, Starter, Home, Enterprise versions and now they could add Cloud. I think it would be more successful and that way those that don't want cloud are happy.

answered Mar 29 '11 at 05:50

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Everywhere is really pushing Cloud based computing, personally I like my files with me on my device and can access my personal data without an internet connection.

answered Mar 29 '11 at 05:36

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I can not work with a cloud based system. Too easy for Microsoft to spy on my system and force updates that mess up what I have worked hard and long to get working. Windows 7 is great but I refuse to use cloud based services. I need data here and now, not there and then.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 23:46

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Robert Quance

I doubt it will be a cloud-based OS, because many consumers couldn't live without local apps/storage. I do believe, however, that Microsoft will offer cloud alternatives to most of its local programs to appeal to a wider audience. I doubt that anything in the future would ever be fully cloud based, and I definitely wouldn't stand for that.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 20:32

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I don't think it will be entirely cloud based, there is just to many things that still can't be accomplished in the cloud. For example look at applications such as Photoshop, you can access a limited version online but for the full experience it needs to be installed locally.

I'm sure they will incorporate more cloud features into the operating system (My be access to your Sky Drive without third party applications. If Microsoft made the jump from a desktop OS to a completely Cloud based one a very high percentage of users would not upgrade as they won't have access to files stored on the cloud, this could include things like family videos that are to large to be kept on the cloud.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 19:37

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If they make it cloud based, I will shoot them.

Not a fan of cloud computing. I like to have all my data on me at all times, no matter what.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 13:03

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Tim Fontana

Same, I do not want to be dependent on an internet connection to access my files.

(Mar 28 '11 at 15:16) Xiro Xiro's gravatar image

well i'm sure they would allow you to have many of your important files on hand locally?

(Mar 29 '11 at 08:30) iGeek3 iGeek3's gravatar image

I like the idea of cloud and at the same time I don't like it. It's easy and fast but I have never liked "Windows Live". For 2 reasons let me explain.

  1. I have a Mac and use windows as a part time OS.
  2. They need to relize other companies are there and make it easy for us to integrate services like Dropbox and Google Docs. All they seem to want people to use is a very hard to learn how to use and confusing social network called "windows live".

answered Mar 28 '11 at 09:18

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I would like if it is to be a hybrid cloud OS like Joli OS. I can live with that, but a full cloud OS is only good for some tasks.

I would suspect that MS will keep the standard desktop that is there, but will implement a software center like in mac or linux, finally eradicating the need to print physical disks because that would be a good way to save money.

I would expect there to a be a full netbook cloud version, while desktop versions will probably be grounded more off the cloud because desktops often do things that take ages and which could be disrupted by loosing internet connection.

Cloud gaming is probably not going to take off any time soon either.

Being that most computer users now do a lot of tasks that require the internet, a cloud OS is a logical step forward. I would say that 80% of the time I use my computer i'm using something to do with the internet, whether watching TV, updating my files via drop box or checking my e-mail.

I still have to do more testing with office live or google docs as so far I don't like their interfaces. That's the main drawback with some of these cloud applications at the moment.

I've worked with the hybrid cloud os, Joli OS so far and it has been quite good, but this does have local applications so if the net does die then you can still work.

answered Mar 28 '11 at 07:13

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