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Windows 8 To Feature Cloud Based Online Backup

Backups should play an essential in every computer user's disaster recovery plan. Cloud based backup solutions have gained popularity over the course of the last years, which can be largely attributed to faster Internet connections and falling online storage costs.

Windows users currently have to rely on third party backup solutions to backup their data. Windows will remind them that a backup software is missing, but does not offer one to the user.

Microsoft aims to change this according to a job posting with the release of their upcoming operating system Windows 8. The job posting confirms that a team is currently "working on a Windows Azure-based service" to integrate it"with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup".

What does it mean? It means that Microsoft plans to integrate a client backup application in Windows 8, and that this client backup solution will include a cloud based backup option.

It is not clear if this will be purely a cloud based backup solution, or if the online backup option is one of the available choices.

It is furthermore not clear if all Windows 8 editions will offer this backup solution, and whether it will be free of charge or a subscription based service.

The inclusion of a backup solution in Windows 8 adds another much requested feature to the operating system. It will be interesting to see what else Microsoft plans to add to the operating system. (via Windows 8 Client Backup In The Cloud, Powered By Windows Azure)

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  1. xxdesmus said on November 8, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Hopefully it’s incremental system backup (in case you need to recover), settings backup/sync, and hopefully user-selected file/folder backup/sync. Basically I want them to include Live Mesh in the OS and have Skydrive built-in like a local drive so that we can actually use all that free space that they give us.

    Or, they could just by Dropbox and then integrate that into Windows 8.

  2. Didias said on November 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Well if it is backing up,I use and online backup solution called Safecopy backup.I love it because it is so compatible with both my mac and windows computers.

  3. Carol said on November 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    @Didias thanks for introducing Safecopy online backup.I just gave it a spin.It works so great.

  4. Andy, CloudBerry Lab said on November 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

    There is already an option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3 and Windows Azure. Check out CloudBerry Backup . Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 and Azure tools.

  5. Bobby said on November 16, 2010 at 6:19 am

    It will interesting to see the features & pricing; services like,, already have a good toe hold with consumers and small biz. It’s tough to get someone to switch once they’ve uploaded loads of GB!

  6. SCM said on November 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I would imagine there will a no cost limited option available bundled with the OS aswell as a premium option.

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