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Microsoft will let loose a new operating system, Windows Cloud, at the company’s annual developer conference later this month. Boss Steve Ballmer announced Redmond’s plans at a Software plus Services partner event in London this lunchtime. He playfully gave the OS the temporary name of Windows Cloud. Apparently, we’ll learn …

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Gates Halo

At last we agree on one thing ...

"The last thing we want is for somebody else to obsolete us, if we’re gonna get obseleted [sic] we better do it to ourselves."

Yeah, agreed, MS can go fuck themselves.

Bill entering his own ring. (Where's the Ballmer icon?)

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Anonymous Coward

"Windows cloud to decend...."

"Windows cloud to decend...."

Like the warm breezes that follow a chili cookoff.

Like the gentle wafting fog from a cattle feedlot.

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Pirate

How original!

Well done Mr Ballmer... less that two weeks after VMware talk about their VDC-OS project and outline how they are going to push and enable the "cloud", you reveal M$'s own drive in that area.

So, do you all sit there in Redmond and wait on what VMware announce and then just copy them, hoping to keep up? I mean, you're already at least two years away from catching up with their current product offerings...

Talk talk talk... nothing more than "Blowhard Ballmer" spouting off again.

"What are our competitors doing? Right... I see... I'll go and give a presentation, shout and dance around a lot and tell everyone that we're doing the same thing! Ha! That'll show them! That'll show them all! MWHAHAHAHAHA!"

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oh really?

Q "We need a new operating system designed for the cloud..."

The 'We' being Microsoft, heads firmly up there arses.

Where as we in reality dont actually need or want anything from Microsoft, particularly if its wrapped in the same shit as Vista.

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Apparently it's to be called....

Windows ME 2

or

Windows OS X

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Gates Horns

Big Fat OS?

"..they’ll issue a new browser that’s basically a big fat operating system..."

Blimey, if Chrome is a big fat OS, what does that make MS operating systems??

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Obsoleted ourselves

"The last thing we want is for somebody else to obsolete us, if we’re gonna get obseleted [sic] we better do it to ourselves."

Havent they been doing this since day one?

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Linux

Exclusive ! (These are the edition names)

Windows Drizzle (basic version)

Windows Depression (ultimate retail version)

Windows Fog bank (server edition)

Windows Another Depression Moving Across The Atlantic (EU version only)

Windows Wet and windy (Ballmer personal edition)

Windows Wet Weekend (Home edition)

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Amazon AWS

Amazon AWS announced today that they are working on a Windows OS for the EC2 platform. I wonder if these announcements are related.

http://aws.amazon.com/windows/

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Flame

as per usual

i used to like the register, was informative and useful, also proved an amusing ground for the witty internet generation to amaze us with their caustic wit.

unfortunately these days it appear to be more about which fan boy can shout the loudest, if its not MS vs Unix its PS3 vs Xbox etc etc etc

its all rather drole and boring now i find, if you don't like windows or unix or ps3's or xboxes or anything else for that matter how about (heres a novel idea) just don't use them!

is that visonary or what? thank you one and all, for my next trick i'll be solving world peace.

flame(d) as i'm sure i will be. much love.

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OS for the Cloud?

Ah that'll be a browser then. Don't they already have one?

“We’re not driving an agenda towards being service providers but we’ve gotta build a service that is Windows in the cloud,” admitted Ballmer.

I don't believe you.

"If you talk to Google they’ll say it's thin client computing but then they’ll issue a new browser that’s basically a big fat operating system designed to compete with Windows but running on top of it,” he said.

Does this guy proof read what he is going to say? I nearly pissed myself when I read that.

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Uh Oh

Blue Cloud of Death coming soon to a public screen near you.

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Alien

WTF?

all of these anti MS fanbois need to get medical help.

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Stop

WEAK

Oh my. Is this "innovation"? Is this in ANY WAY innovative? Please. This is like watching my grandpa trying to be "down with the kids". Give it up Ballmer. It's over. In every way outside the office space, and possibly gaming, it is OVER. I could almost forgive Bill his "the internet is nothing" gaff years ago...but to try to fill his admittedly iconic shoes is just another nail in the coffin.

Feeble.

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Black Helicopters

I can't see any oncoming mounta...

Isn't a descended cloud just a fog?

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'Windows Cloud' to descend this month

For some reason that title reminds me of Metallica's "Creeping Death"

Thanks Cthulhu, I am not a first born...

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For Cloud Master Key Controls?

" Q "We need a new operating system designed for the cloud..." ...By N Posted Wednesday 1st October 2008 15:03 GMT

Isn't the Microsoft Way to buy one? The Instant Karma Route/Root? :-)

"Blue Cloud of Death coming soon to a public screen near you." .... By Dougle Posted Wednesday 1st October 2008 16:08 GMT.

Not if Microsoft are Good at What they do, ..... can Read between Lines rather than Simply Follow them ......... and are easily Tempted by Sex and XSSXXXX Code ......

http://www.phrack.com/issues.html?issue=65&id=14#cmt1358

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Gates Horns

Windows Cloud?

Black cloud?

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Monkey Boy

Moron

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Paris Hilton

Great News!

Another Microsoft product for me not to buy. That'll make a clean sweep of the entire MS product range that I've never bought, beat that!

Paris because she's a famed idioslut.

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Another "me too" announcement from Microsoft

Oh look, another "me too" announcement from Microsoft. I really think that cloud computing is fundamentally incompatible with Microsoft's revenue model. Cloud computing (grid computing, timeshare computing, whatever you want to call it depending on which decade it is) doesn't have a desktop, either ... and Microsoft has a proven track record of utterly failing at anything that doesn't involve a desktop. (Their desktop software sucks too but it's got market share, so we'll set that aside for now.)

Welcome to the post-Microsoft world, Steve. You're not in it.

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Red Dog

This is Dave Cutler's new operating system, so somewhat more interesting than the peanut gallery thinks.

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Coat

What do they call a cloud that decends to the ground?

Oh yeah, that's fog, isn't it?

Windows Fog! Not only it the title, it's a description of the state of the user.

It's the peacoat, I hear it's foggy outside.

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Please save us all

MS just borrow another idea from Apple and shell Windows over some UN*X.

You guys own or atleast used to own XENIX.

It would be worth miles of ink just in the fanboy base and may actually make Windows all of those things that you advertised in the past.

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Wow

I didn't think it was possible for ballmer or M$ to be more in love with themselves and totally convinced of how great they and their product is.

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@adnim

>> Ah that'll be a browser then. Don't they already have one?

I think they talk about the other end, else they would mention windows sever as the base.

(Actually, scap that, cloud is most like not even "based on", it most likely *is* server 2008. Maybe they changed the wallpaper and added three new application shortcuts to the desktop)

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Gates Horns

A few more edition names

Windows Cloud: "On Your Parade" edition (for HD content creators)

Windows Cloud: "Into The Wind" edition (for MS internal use only)

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it's blue sky's

@dougle nice one mate, but it will be "blue sky of death" and not a cloud to be seen.

It is all talk for the the corprate market for the corporate market , the virtualization buzzword bingo is getting old they need something new to play with at expo’s and conferences and the this cloud game is brilliant even Google can claim they make OS’s .

But where the home computing market is concerned it is all pipe dreams even when it comes to basic things like bandwidth required, it just does not exist to keep those clouds of theirs afloat and nor will it do for at least a decade and that is being optimistic all I see is clouds shedding their load and plenty more rain on the horizon..

Though we might get a nice rainbow, and to be honest MS and others seem to be viewing this like a rainbow from a point of personal perception rather than reality and no matter how many people say this new emperors clothes are amazing the dude is still nude.

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Semi-literate in English and computing

Obsolete is not a verb.

A browser is not an OS.

"Where do you want to go today" is not a trademark nor is it copryright-able.

Microsoft is no longer Master Of The Universe.

A Ballmer is an arrogate, loudmouth, embarrassing, sweaty, piggy-eyed baldie who can't dance.

Just sour grapes: I'd happily become all those things (and worse) for his salary.

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Not new

I've been labouring under a Windows cloud for years.

Mine's the Mac.

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I knew it!

As per "Microsoft prefers to 'obsolete ourselves'"...

I am a big fan of Windows XP Media Center. I've used it for years (going on 4 years now). It's basically a TIVO, and it runs on my second monitor while I do other things on my first monitor.

I had a feeling that Microsoft preferred to abandon their past work (including XP and Media Center).

How pathetic? Seriously. It's just sad, really.

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Anonymous Coward

Instrument rated?

Bah! It ain't fog it's just more MS smoke and mirrors!

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Paris Hilton

i don't think the name is quite right yet

Me: how about windows cloud

Ballman: that's not quite powerful enough

Me: how about windows flatulance

Ballman: that just stinks

Me: well then, how about windows dead skunk

Ballman: now that's smellin' better

Me: I mean, if you really don't like it we can got with windows obsolescence.

Ballman: too long and wordy, people won't remember

Me: how about windows tumescence then

Ballman: what the hell does that mean

Me: It's hard to resist.

Ballman: yeah, that's about right, and then we give it to our customers where they need it

Me: yessir

Paris, 'cuz she knows all about tumescence.

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Boffin

How original

That'll probably be the new MS Cloud/Professional Midori operating system.

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Promotional video

Yeah, I can believe it will descend. I watched the Windows Cloud promotional video last night - it was called The Mist (based on a Stephen King film), and there were lots of bugs and nasties in it.

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Water vapourware?

OK OK a cloud is not technically water vapour but we won't let that spoil a good pun, or even a bad one.

Mine's the one with "The Cloudspotters Guide" in the pocket.

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My guess

M$ has had something brewing for at least 24 months. My guess is that it involves big data centres, application streaming, remote storage and synchronisation, and remote software distribution and cloud-based development tools. I'm sort of expecting that Microsoft will start renting space on the internet and that space will include applications (eg M$ Office), data, shared areas and collaboration tools so rather than buy Office, you'd pay a monthly streaming fee that means you get your apps that can be used from any machine you have available with access to your and shared data immediately from that machine. Essentially what you need if you start having two or more personal computers/data access devices for different modes of use.

Streaming apps means you get to work offline too and with full blown adult apps - the major weakness for Google. Then once you have data in the M$ cloud, M$ does the searching and indexing for you across files that you have and have access to. Google can't cross the access permission boundary so can't provide the same level of search possibly reducing it's value overall in the long run.

In time you get your full OS distributed this way too - a lite OS to connect to the cloud, then stream down non-standard device drivers and necessary apps, but move a chunk of services off the PC (eg scheduled tasks, database) and into the cloud to give faster start up times and better more robust performance.

However, I would guess they will not be the only supplier, so you can sign up with M$ directly, or sign up with a third party running the same stuff if you don't trust M$. Box shifters will add subscription options for Office on their price list.

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Sheesh

I'm amazed about the people here. It's like the people that comment here are (generally) so narrow-minded and opinionated that they can't objectively assess what a company has to offer.

I'm not a Mac afficionado, a Linux lover or a Microsoft fan. I have been in the industry for a long time, and what I know is that you look at what you and your organisation/client is trying to achieve and what the circumstances are, then look for the most appropriate thing to fit the bill. Hating (or loving too much) any particular brand or technology can close your mind to things that could be to your benefit, and deciding what you will deploy before you understand the problem is just plain stupid.

By all means it is right to assess a product and judge it, but to write something off before you have had that chance is just wrong. So many people are flaming this simply because of the company involved. Grow up.

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Paris Hilton

Sounds like a lot of hot air

Rather damp hot air, at that.

Paris, 'cos she like to be hot and damp.

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Ah Ballmer

Balmy one day, moron the next.

Brain the size of a caterpillar. A small caterpillar.

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@Norfolk Enchants Paris

What do you mean we cannot "objectively assess" what Ballmer has to offer ?

Nonsense !

We've known Ballmer for years now, we can very quickly assess his words, and 9 times out of 10 they amount to just a lot of hot air.

Nothing coming out of MS these days is designed in any way to respond to the needs of users, it is always meant to respond to the need of MS - which is ripping off more money from anyone they can catch.

This cloud thing has no substance, and it's obviously nothing but a copycat announcement.

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@Pascal

What Steve Ballmer say is often not followed up with reality, I will grant you. However, it's the people here slagging off a product that they've not been able to assess, and people who would not even bother to assess a product because it was made by microsoft/IBM/Oracle/SAP etc that marks them as unprofessional and bigoted.

And when you say that 'nothing [by Microsoft] is designed ... to meet the needs of users' I think you are missing something. Yes, MS and most other organisations want to make money. That's why they are in business. They all want to make products that the customers want, and mostly they believe that's what they are doing when they release something. And when a company sees that the needs of the customers is changing, then they have to change with them or get left behind. So, I would argue that everything MS does is ostensibly 'for the customer' but like most companies, this is Machiavellian. Do you think Apple invented the iPod just for its customers? No, they realised that this was a brilliant design that could be marketed well to make a bunch of cash. Let's not forget it wasn't perfect when it was released, but it was damn good.

Without taking their customers into consideration, companies die. MS is pretty healthy so I will let you join the dots there.

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What this really means

NetBEUI is now IP6 compatible!!

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