CEO Steve Ballmer's comment that Windows
8 was his company's most
risky endeavor sparked much curiosity. Little is currently
known about the upcoming operating system. So why is
Windows 8 such a high risk proposition for Microsoft?The
answer to that may have come in a newly surfaced
slide deck from the Microsoft
architectural summit held in London in early April 2010.
In the deck Microsoft describes how Windows 8 (referred in the deck
as "Windows NEXT") will be the company's first OS to throw
the user deep into the world of virtualization.With a
traditional OS, maintenance burden is on the user or their hired
help. The company writes in the presentation, "[Customers
today] see application compatibility issues, they see DLL hell, they
see an inability to manage efficiently, they see high costs
associated with maintenance and upgrades, they see a relatively short
lifespan…..This cannot continue. Customers are increasingly
refusing to let this continue."Microsoft's answer is to
deploy "native VHD" (virtual hard disk) capabilities with
Windows 8 and change its sales model from OS as a service to "desktop
as a service" (DaaS). The slides indicate that under
Windows 8, user apps and data will be "treated as cached entities
and synchronized with an appstore and 'user state store'".The
approach has definite advantages. Microsoft could remotely
fight malware and fix compatibility issues as they occurred, rather
than trying to update OS installations after trouble occurs.
And if a user lost their laptop, they wouldn't lose access to their
installed programs and data.The company writes, "[T]he
desktop should not be associated with the device. [T]he desktop can
be thought of as a portal which surfaces the users apps, data, user
state and authorization and access."The new
virtualization technology is founded on Microsoft's existing
virtualization portfolio -- Virtual
desktop infrastructure (VDI); application virtualization (App-V,
MED-V, Remote Apps, Terminal Server); OS virtualization (Remote
Desktop, Terminal Services, VDI); data virtualization (folder
redirection and synch); hardware virtualization (Hyper-V); and
various System Center management offerings.This would be a
huge change for Microsoft, and it would put the company's direction
in line with Google's plans for its upcoming netbook/tablet Chrome
operating system. But its also a huge risk as
virtualization is something utterly unfamiliar to most customers.As
many are speculating, Microsoft may partially back off fully
virtualizing all its commercial Windows 8 offerings. With a
launch in "2012+" scheduled, beta builds are widely
expected to come in 2011. These builds should reveal whether
the ambitious DaaS redesign persisted. And if Microsoft indeed
goes ahead with this concept, the reaction it gets from the beta may
play a role in just how deep Microsoft jumps into the virtualization
quote: This is an idea I had back in the Win95 days. The OS shouldn't be able to be modified by the user or any programs running on the OS. It should have a strictly defined interface that can be customized, but under no circumstances should the system files be allowed to be altered. My idea was to put the OS on an EPROM, but virtualization could likley solve the problem, since the non-virtual environment can completely abstract the system below it, preventing the user (or any programs) from even seeing the system files.
quote: from a internet connection and stored 1000 miles away call me old fashioned but i will always insist on full control my important data and not trust others
quote: Microsoft's answer is to deploy "native VHD" (virtual hard disk) capabilities with Windows 8 and change its sales model from OS as a service to "desktop as a service" (DaaS). The slides indicate that under Windows 8, user apps and data will be "treated as cached entities and synchronized with an appstore and 'user state store'".
quote: The biggest question is probably performance. By disassociating the hardware from the OS, how can we expect software to access hardware optimizations found in the latest GPUs, etc.? A lot of changes and standardization may be needed on the hardware side.
quote: I don't like any "... as a Service" because that just screams subscription model and we all know how well that works out for the consumer.
quote: Judging by the third picture and assuming the trend continues, in the next version of Windows, after 8, even the hardware will be virtual.
quote: Stupid poeple that put personal info on social sites like facebook or twitter are retarded as well, think those new baby pictures wll be available in 10-15 20 years when you want them and still free ??
quote: "[Customers today] ... see high costs associated with maintenance and upgrades"
quote: "Customers are increasingly refusing to let this continue."
quote: Microsoft could remotely fight malware ...
quote: ... rather than trying to update OS installations after trouble occurs.
quote: "[T]he desktop should not be associated with the device. [T]he desktop can be thought of as a portal which surfaces the users apps, data, user state and authorization and access."