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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