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Windows 8 May Feature Cloud Backup

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A Microsoft job post linked Windows Azure with Windows 8.

There's new evidence to back up speculation that the next version of Windows may feature cloud-based backup. The idea is based on two recent Microsoft job posts which discuss a possible connection between Windows Azure, web-based services and Windows 8.

The first job posting is looking for a Software Development Engineer to help with work "on a Windows Azure-based service and integrating with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup." The second job posting seeks a Windows System Engineer to "play a pivotal role as we integrate our online services with Windows 8."

The job listings follow a set of slides leaked over the summer that suggest cloud-based computing would play a vital role in Windows 8. The deck of slides listed features supposedly under consideration including ultra-fast booting, a "Microsoft Store" for downloading apps, fuller cloud integration, and the use of facial recognition for logins.

According to one of the slides, Windows accounts would be connected to the cloud. Roaming settings and preferences would also be associated with a user between PCs and devices. Ultimately this may actually help Microsoft fight piracy both locally and overseas, authorizing users on Microsoft’s end rather than locally on the machine.

Additionally, a possible scenario could require customers to set up a Live account (or use an existing one), purchase an access key (or register if Windows 8 came pre-installed on a new PC), and download the OS when needed later, similar to purchasing games from Steam. There would be no need for discs or permanently storing installation files on the HDD.

But if Windows 8 will indeed support cloud-based backup, it will be interesting to see how it works. Backing up to an internal HDD or an external 2 TB HDD is one thing--backing up the contents of a hard drive across the Internet is an entirely different beast. Cloud-based backup will likely just keep track of the core OS so that users can perform a recovery process.

With a clear connection between Windows 8 client backup and Windows Azure-based service listed in the job posting, there's no question that cloud-based computing will play a major role in the next OS. How it will be implemented will be anyone’s guess over the next few years.

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    randomizer , November 13, 2010 12:17 AM
    Facebook knows who you are, Google knows what you want and Microsoft will soon know what you already have.

    Resistance is futile.
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    iamtheking123 , November 13, 2010 12:04 AM
    Yeah cloud backup OS integration is a brilliant idea...just like Bitlocker, Movie Maker, WebHost, Outlook Express, and a whole host of other crap they bloat the OS with that takes 2 hours to clear off and turn off after a "fresh" install.

    Here's a smarter idea than relying on hyper-slow online backup uploading....pop in a $30 32 GB flash drive or a $60 1 TB external hdd and have everything you want backed up locally in minutes. Congratulations MS, I just saved you the cost of someone's salary that would have been spent developing something completely useless.
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    agnickolov , November 12, 2010 11:43 PM
    Speaking as a professional software developer myself, there's no way this could be targeted for Windows 8 in the timeframes Microsoft wants for releasing successive OS versions. Windows 9 is the likelier target I expect.
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    iamtheking123 , November 13, 2010 12:04 AM
    Yeah cloud backup OS integration is a brilliant idea...just like Bitlocker, Movie Maker, WebHost, Outlook Express, and a whole host of other crap they bloat the OS with that takes 2 hours to clear off and turn off after a "fresh" install.

    Here's a smarter idea than relying on hyper-slow online backup uploading....pop in a $30 32 GB flash drive or a $60 1 TB external hdd and have everything you want backed up locally in minutes. Congratulations MS, I just saved you the cost of someone's salary that would have been spent developing something completely useless.
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    dogman_1234 , November 13, 2010 12:12 AM
    What if Microsoft looses sensitive info...?

    WHAT if I BSOD? GOSH!
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    randomizer , November 13, 2010 12:17 AM
    Facebook knows who you are, Google knows what you want and Microsoft will soon know what you already have.

    Resistance is futile.
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    drwho1 , November 13, 2010 1:12 AM
    I like a blue sky FREE of MS clouds....
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    spentshells , November 13, 2010 1:15 AM
    Cool miscrosoft has access to everything I have and my settings soooo cool
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    spectrewind , November 13, 2010 1:44 AM
    randomizerFacebook knows who you are, Google knows what you want and Microsoft will soon know what you already have.Resistance is futile.


    Interesting reference. This distributed networking "thing" looks great in paper. When something unplanned happens, then what? Who is held responsible.

    In the words of Locutus of Borg from the "Best of both Worlds: Part 2"...

    "... sleep, ....Data...."
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    Christopher1 , November 13, 2010 2:31 AM
    dogman_1234What if Microsoft looses sensitive info...?WHAT if I BSOD? GOSH!


    Windows 7 almost NEVER BSOD's. Personally, I've only had it BSOD ONCE, and that was coming from a application that WARNED ME it would BSOD Windows 7, and that there was an update I should install after my next log-on and reboot.
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    Gin Fushicho , November 13, 2010 2:50 AM
    I won't use the function. =/
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    eddieroolz , November 13, 2010 3:20 AM
    Sounds very exciting. My only concern is how much the engineers had to re-engineer the Windows platform for this to function with any decency. Windows wasn't made for this, after all.

    Then there's the ISP connection speed/transfer caps to take into account. Users in Japan/Korea/etc. have 1Gbps fiber-optic internet nearly standard; many users in Australia still live on 1.5Mbps.
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    dEAne , November 13, 2010 4:33 AM
    I'm sure they will exploit the cloud computing.
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    thechief73 , November 13, 2010 5:52 AM
    Well, I was really going to voice my opinions on the matter but iamtheking123 and randomizer pretty much hit the nail on the head for me. +1 to you both.
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    Vladislaus , November 13, 2010 5:54 AM
    iamtheking123Yeah cloud backup OS integration is a brilliant idea...just like Bitlocker, Movie Maker, WebHost, Outlook Express, and a whole host of other crap they bloat the OS with that takes 2 hours to clear off and turn off after a "fresh" install.Here's a smarter idea than relying on hyper-slow online backup uploading....pop in a $30 32 GB flash drive or a $60 1 TB external hdd and have everything you want backed up locally in minutes. Congratulations MS, I just saved you the cost of someone's salary that would have been spent developing something completely useless.

    For businesses it's very good, specially for the small companies. This way they have a backup stored in a safe location. I had a client that stored all the backups of their server on an external disk right beside the servers. One they they had a fire and lost every data on the server and backups. If they used online backups at least their data would have been safeguarded. A backups in a cloud will always be in a much safer place than in an external HDD.

    Also nowadays Windows 7 only come with bitlocker (if it's the ultimate or enterprise version). All other programs you mentioned are not included in Windows 7. Unless you install them. Also having other programs installed besides the OS is a very common practice for OS developers.
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    existencenow , November 13, 2010 8:29 AM
    All i have to say is simply .. LOOKOUT PIRACY AND CP! You're going DOWN and hard!
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    hannibal , November 13, 2010 8:29 AM
    Well I have to agree with the iamtheking123. It would make much more sence to force user select the back up source (or ignore it willingly) when installing os, than making one method automatic (even when it is not sensible: you don't trust the source, you have very slow connections etc...)
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    existencenow , November 13, 2010 8:34 AM
    existencenowAll i have to say is simply .. LOOKOUT PIRACY AND CP! You're going DOWN and hard!

    On a second thought.. About EFFING TIME! Just maybe.. by controlling the thieves the world will just become"Sail the ship,
    Boom, bam, boom
    Chop the tree
    Boom, bam, boom
    Skip the rope,
    Boom, bam, boom
    Look at me
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    godnodog , November 13, 2010 10:07 AM
    Well, I´m not joinnig this trend for cloud, I like privacy and staying offline.

    1 question (this is the case of begginers):
    if "a possible scenario could require customers to set up a Live account (or use an existing one), purchase an access key (or register if Windows 8 came pre-installed on a new PC), and download the OS when needed later, similar to purchasing games from Steam. There would be no need for discs or permanently storing installation files on the HDD." What if I don´t have an SO installed, how will I download the OS when needed if I have no SO to start from.
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    godnodog , November 13, 2010 10:09 AM
    Oopps forgot to remove the "(or register if Windows 8 came pre-installed on a new PC),"
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    K-zon , November 13, 2010 10:23 AM
    Alot of this is very perspective, nearly everything is, but there is gotta be a place where the perspective is narrow and dim and within purpose of the product in question. Cause after that, everything gets bigger, and what interests are involved with what kind of size of issues should post accordingly, as done so far. Everyone problem has a fire issue to some point rather to worry about it or already had the problem. In terms of lose in a fire where is going to be the biggest lose and which probably first? Outside lets say basic worries of expanding software and further use of OS applications and purpose, How will anyone one person of use of cloud software benefit? Its a hard question to answer without seeing a bigger picture of use and only allowing a perspective of greater gravity to hold its weight when in all things if 8 comes out "cloud" services or software will be included. Again even with cloud computing still addresses many basics issues with some application no matter what rather cloud computing is now a standard within releases and applied for intended purposes of use of feature highlight. They sell at a pitch point but you cant use a point of the pitch on your own regards. Also in terms of OS intergration of software, how much of an increase of OS prices should this aquire? Or will the Os maintain is standard say release prices as had been over the last for yrs? Is probably the one thing in computing offhand people might not complain about in terms of prices and OS. So how think alot of people have gotten their moneies worth in Windows and more. So there isnt much room to complain, until you actually get to using something you had bought it for. It seems more of an addition to wireless without the wireless really, and in terms of wireless there isnt much room to work with in there, so why would cloud services be any different?
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    JOSHSKORN , November 13, 2010 10:26 AM
    existencenowAll i have to say is simply .. LOOKOUT PIRACY AND CP! You're going DOWN and hard!

    Hard, yes...down...well, that'll happen in prison. LOL
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