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Windows 8 To Sync Files In the Cloud?

Windows 8 is the codename of Microsoft's next desktop operating system. Information are sparse at this point in time, and information about Windows 8 are usually collected through indirect sources.

One of the latest Windows 8 rumors is that Microsoft has plans to sync core operating system files in the cloud. This would have serious implications if true.

For one; Syncing files with the cloud gives Microsoft a powerful option at hand to deal with pirated versions of Windows. It would be interesting to see how the company deals with pirates versions of Windows 7 that try to connect to the cloud.

According to information on Windows 8, and the article Windows 8 May Use Files In The Cloud, Microsoft plans to sync and use kernel files in the cloud. The benefit of doing so is that Microsoft can update those files in the cloud directly which frees users from updating and rebooting the files by themselves.

Backup files are stored on the local system to kick in if the Internet connection dies.

These backup files are synced right after installation of Windows 8, and presumably whenever an update is pushed to the cloud.

Syncing files in the cloud does have benefits, but it also has drawbacks, especially for users who do not have a 24/7 Internet connection.

What's your take on the rumor? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Bart Degryse said on December 2, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Quite ridicoulous. What if I have a good reason for not wanting to update. What with smallband internet connections.
    If they push this true W7 will be my last Windows OS. I already have switched to *nix on 3 of my 4 computers.

  2. Zim said on December 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    That’s crazy. Microsoft server will be hacked for sure. And if not, people will be victims of a lot of attacks via DNS poisoning, for example. Or, look at how simple this is… a local core file is infected, then the connection is nuked off – the OS starts using the infected core file, and bam! you’re screwed.
    I’d like to be f***ed on my own computer, not all around the net (:

  3. kalmly said on December 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Their way of forcing us into the cloud and having constant access to computer systems. I don’t like but we are all powerless to stop it. When the big MS has an agenda, you will comply because you will have no other choice. Resistance is futile.

    I will stay away as long as possible.

  4. Surprised! said on December 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I would be more than happy if Microsoft pushes windows 8 into the cloud! Can’t understand why everyone is seing this as a problem? Ok. Me and many others has downloaded windows 8 for “free” but I would gladly pay for windows 8 if it goes to the cloud!

    Some things isn’t posible, yet do in the cloud, thats for sure. But seriously thats things like running heavy games or heavy programs as Cubase or Photoshop. The normal user has everything he needs in the cloud. The only thing a “normal user” does today is being on facebook, backuping some photos and mailing poeple…

    Although averyone will get windows 8 everyone is going to be introduced into the cloud which means that a completly new easy computer environment will open so that everyone, including grandpha could reach it.

    However. I doubt that microsft will push windows 8 into the cloud. They havn’t been first with anything sense they introduced windows 1.

  5. Lulu said on December 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    MS issue with piracy stems from it’s OEM distros. Allowing thousands of machines to share the same key will always be exploitable. If the info needed to confirm legitimacy is in BIOS which MS only has read access too then successful piracy will continue. I agree that going cloud based would make this more difficult but skilled reverse engineers will always find a way.

    Making the cloud “mandatory” won’t happen, at least not on all editions. Similar to Office they may have KMS like editions.

    PRODUCTION MACHINES!?!? I will NEVER put a sensitive production machine on the internet PERIOD. END OF STORY. I’m not a big Linux fan but I and countless others would become fans very quickly.

  6. Servarus said on December 6, 2010 at 12:22 am

    MS will, fail if they do this. Yes they will.

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