Microsoft and Apple working on Secret Anti-Google Cloud OS

Mike Halsey MVP
Apr 1, 2012
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Apple, Companies, Mac, Microsoft, Windows

Nobody really foresaw the rise of Google as an operating system maker and though it's not all been successful for the company (got a Chromebook anyone?) on tablets and smartphones nobody can argue that Android is firmly on top.  Now though details have emerged of a previously secret new cloud OS collaboration between Microsoft and Apple.

Based loosely on work started by Microsoft Research, the new OS will put the cloud at its heart with search, file storage (both locally and online) and multimedia as its basic pillars.  It is rumoured that both Apple and Microsoft are planning to replace their existing operating system products with this new operating system sometime in the next five years.  This would mean the death of Windows, iOS and OS X and a complete change in the way we use computers.

This new operating system, which will be platform agnostic, is based on a completely new way of structuring an OS with the core kernel rumoured to be just 10Mb in size.  It is this streamlined approach that appealed to Apple, who have been working to streamline and slim down operating systems for years.

So what will the interface look like?  The best information currently suggests something that won't visually change too much from the Windows Desktop or OS X but with enhanced window furniture for both touch and, crucially, use through other mediums such as gesture control.  This would make the OS extremely good for disabled people or the elderly who can have trouble with existing mice and keyboards.

Gesture control will be the next big thing according to Microsoft Research and they're very happy that Apple are adopting their system.  A lead technician within Apple was reported as saying that the company had been lagging far behind with this new technology and the new OS partnership with Microsoft would help keep both companies ahead for decades to come.

Additionally the new OS would feature voice control extensively, which would be Apple's main contribution.  The theory being that when people talk and gesticulate to their smartphone or tablet in the street, it will be in a completely natural way and won't appear any more animated than somebody having a telephone conversation.

For the cloud integration it is reported that many cloud services are being prepped for inclusion in the new OS and that new technologies are being developed that will enable the sharing of files and data between them in a way that will make the new OS meaningful.  In seconds and on any device you will be able to open a picture from Flickr and embed it into a document you create using Microsoft's Office Live web apps.  At the moment this requires the downloading and saving of the photo locally, and the new sharing technology in the OS, which has yet to be named, would finally do away with all that.

It is not clear how the partnership came about but some believe it was Steve Jobs wish that Apple carry the work forward, and that it was an idea that he had personally discussed with Bill Gates for many years.

It will be sad to see the demise of OS X and Windows but both companies now seem to accept that technology has moved on since the early days of home and business computing and that new systems and methods are needed.  It is good though to see that Apple and Microsoft are working so closely together for the benefit of computer users everywhere.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

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  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

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  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

    1. Howard Allan Pearce Jones said on October 1, 2023 at 4:28 am

      Rreedom of Association is one of our most important rights. Some people think it’s Freedom, but no, I say Rreedom is far more important. There are many STATE-MANDATED associations that save jobs, that’s right MANDATED. I can’t name any of them, but rest assured they are bad, because saving jobs are bad, and people having jobs leads to dictatorship!!! Anyone who disagrees is too radical for Ghacks maybe, because I’m not sure.

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
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    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

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  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

  9. sean conner said on September 27, 2023 at 6:21 am
  10. Sherry Grant said on September 29, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    What does this article about Musk/Tesla have to do with computing, devices, phones?
    More irelevant filler.

  11. Anonymous said on September 29, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    yeah sure… they are always the victims and it is only against them ????

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