Microsoft Hints at "Windows Cloud"

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 1 2008 11:04 PM

At a conference in London on Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
told attendees that Microsoft later this month will show off its new
development environment for Internet-based applications dubbed "Windows
Cloud."

Now, it was already expected that Microsoft would show its cloud-based developer platform at the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) toward the end of the month. However, the terminology, "Windows Cloud," hadn't been used before.

Windows Cloud is a separate project from Windows 7, and is an OS targeted at those developing for cloud computing. Ballmer was pretty close-mouthed about it, saying he didn't want to ruin the announcement. What he was clear on was that Microsoft doesn't foresee moving all of its Office Suite into the cloud, a la Google Docs. He did say the company was working on a service that would allow "light editing" (whatever that means) of Office docs at Internet kiosks and such, but he added:
"That's all I can say on that. Otherwise, we have no drum-roll announcement in a month."
Microsoft does have Office Live Workspace, but in order to edit any documents you need a copy of Office local to your PC.

ZDNet managed to pry the following statement out of Microsoft:
"As we've discussed publicly, Microsoft is investing heavily in its Software [plus] Services vision, particularly as it relates to the services platform to deliver a set of solutions that address our customer's needs. In addition to our current, widely adopted service-based technologies, such as Microsoft Online Services and Office Live Workspaces, we are working with many of our customers, partners and our broad developer community to understand their needs for extensible, scalable services platforms. We have publicly discussed a road map of commitments for our services strategy, most notably from Ray Ozzie at MIX 08 and the Financial Analyst Meeting. We are excited to talk more about our progress and opportunities for customers and partners at the Professional Developers Conference in a few weeks, but we don't have any further details to share at this time."
More to come as PDC approaches. For now, Windows Cloud details are a bit foggy (pun intended).



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kid007 replied on Thu, Oct 2 2008 6:24 AM

 

Hey another software, another $20 Billions in revenue for them... :)

I'm still trying to understand Vista Smile

 

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Hey another software, another $20 Billions in revenue for them... :)

I'm still trying to understand Vista Smile

 

lol

I like vista. Not sure I trust the cloud just yet.

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kid007 replied on Thu, Oct 2 2008 7:16 AM

I always have trust any microsoft product, I think i'm one of the few in this forums that has defended microsoft in all aspect. It's funny that I've Bought Software and Hardware from them, and admired everything thing that they are accomplishing...

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 2 2008 7:46 AM

Several implementations of Windows Cloud already exist. They've just always been referred to as "zombie-botnets" until now.

Microsoft Cloud: When it reigns, its poor.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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shanewu replied on Thu, Oct 2 2008 4:10 PM

Oh snap! Speaking of puns...dayum.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 2 2008 5:52 PM

Hehe... I couldn't think of a better slogan off the top of my head.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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kid007:

I always have trust any microsoft product, I think i'm one of the few in this forums that has defended microsoft in all aspect. It's funny that I've Bought Software and Hardware from them, and admired everything thing that they are accomplishing...

I do as well I use a microsoft mouse. I love there mice. I will defend Vista to my death lol. I dual boot ubuntu and vista, but I really like vista and I don't understand the backlash it gets. I've been called a fanboy, but coming from people that run xp and they talk about how vista sucks. May I ask how they know this?

 

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mazuki replied on Fri, Oct 3 2008 12:21 AM

3vi1 that was a fantastic post LOL

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mazuki:

3vi1 that was a fantastic post LOL

He really makes me laugh at some point every day. It would be a sad day for me if you took a day off 3vi1.

 

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shanewu replied on Fri, Oct 3 2008 10:31 AM

I think 3vi1 should write some editorials or a blog. It seems like many of us enjoy his biting sense of humor.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Oct 5 2008 6:47 PM

>> It would be a sad day for me if you took a day off

And if you took a day off, I might have a chance at helping a forum member before you beat me to the answer!

LoL... I really enjoy the posts you guys make too. That's one of the main reasons I follow this site daily (except, you know, when hurricanes get rid of my power like a few weeks back).

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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3vi1:

>> It would be a sad day for me if you took a day off

And if you took a day off, I might have a chance at helping a forum member before you beat me to the answer!

LoL... I really enjoy the posts you guys make too. That's one of the main reasons I follow this site daily (except, you know, when hurricanes get rid of my power like a few weeks back).

lol I've been slow the last few days. Nows your chance to pounceBig Smile

 

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