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Windows 8 May Fight Piracy Via the Cloud

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Windows 8 may store key kernel files on Microsoft cloud servers.

Last month we reported that Windows 8 may feature a cloud-based backup feature. The news stemmed from two Microsoft job listings which discussed a possible connection between Windows Azure, web-based services and Windows 8. The news also stemmed from a set of slides released earlier this year suggesting that cloud-based computing would play a vital role in Windows 8.

Now there's an indication that Windows 8 will synchronize several key kernel files directly from Microsoft cloud servers, possibly preventing piracy while also providing instant system updates without requiring a reboot. Windows 8 will supposedly use backup kernels if an Internet connection is unavailable, however the OS will contact Microsoft servers and download the latest files whenever the connection is re-established.

Currently it's unclear how Microsoft will "whitelist" computers and/or licenses. At this point everything is mere speculation, with this latest bit of cloud-based insight stemming from an unnamed source. However the rumor also coincides with previous reports that user accounts would be located in the cloud, saving roaming settings and preferences that would be associated with the user across multiple Windows-based devices.

There's no question that cloud-based services will play a major role in Windows 8. As previously mentioned, Microsoft was seeking a Windows System Engineer to “play a role as we integrate our online services with Windows 8." Another listing sought out 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."

Will storing key kernel files on cloud servers help prevent piracy? It's a given that hackers will find a way to enable offline operation, however that could mean pirates couldn't go online. What's the fun in that?

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    Onus , December 2, 2010 4:17 PM
    Hey M$, if your cloud-based constructs mean that the machine I built myself is no longer a "Personal Computer," then you can bet I will not be running Windows 8.
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    tpi2007 , December 2, 2010 4:31 PM
    I will not buy Windows 8 if this is anything but optional.


    Microsoft: if you release a good product, people will buy it. That is the rule. You made Windows Vista and people didn't buy it. You made Windows 7 and people bought it.

    It really is that simple. Haven't you learned from DRM schemes in the music industry ? Just make a good product. Period.
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    amk09 , December 2, 2010 4:28 PM
    kelfenMicrosoft get a life! piracy isn't an issue


    I have several friends who pirated Windows 7. It may not be a HUGE issue, but it's there.

    That being said, I'm not too fond of this idea...at all.
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  • 40 Hide
    Onus , December 2, 2010 4:17 PM
    Hey M$, if your cloud-based constructs mean that the machine I built myself is no longer a "Personal Computer," then you can bet I will not be running Windows 8.
  • 13 Hide
    Destroysall , December 2, 2010 4:27 PM
    Hold on a second, when is Windows 8 coming out?
  • 21 Hide
    amk09 , December 2, 2010 4:28 PM
    kelfenMicrosoft get a life! piracy isn't an issue


    I have several friends who pirated Windows 7. It may not be a HUGE issue, but it's there.

    That being said, I'm not too fond of this idea...at all.
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    tpi2007 , December 2, 2010 4:31 PM
    I will not buy Windows 8 if this is anything but optional.


    Microsoft: if you release a good product, people will buy it. That is the rule. You made Windows Vista and people didn't buy it. You made Windows 7 and people bought it.

    It really is that simple. Haven't you learned from DRM schemes in the music industry ? Just make a good product. Period.
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    rohitbaran , December 2, 2010 4:36 PM
    Well, they can try all they want. It is an action and reaction thing. They come up with different ideas, so the pirates can.
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    theholylancer , December 2, 2010 4:38 PM
    you know, a simple hosts file edit and a home server solves this issue faster than you can say, where is the crack?

    common... Ubisoft did it and it didn't work, what makes M$ think it can??
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    e1m0 , December 2, 2010 4:42 PM
    First of all, it doesn't matter how awesome their product is, a lot of people will still pirate it. Period.

    Second, if this happens, you know there will be hackers who put their pirated win8 machines behind servers that spoof Windows "activation."

    And third, I can't wait for windows 8! Particularly storing profiles on the cloud... as long as it's free...
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    dargon_supreme , December 2, 2010 4:43 PM
    Windows is very popular because it can be easily cracked... You can get it anywhere. No Windows piracy = end of Windows hegemony.
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    rubix_1011 , December 2, 2010 4:54 PM
    Windows 8; now with VAC from Steam.
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    Silmarunya , December 2, 2010 5:00 PM
    dargon_supremeWindows is very popular because it can be easily cracked... You can get it anywhere. No Windows piracy = end of Windows hegemony.


    Erm... no. In developing world markets where piracy is rampant, acceptable and unchecked perhaps, but not in the west. How many large enterprises (the main customers of MS) used pirated software? Next to none. Does average Joe know how he should pirate Windows? No.

    The small number of people that are both geeky, greedy and irresponsible won't end Windows hegemony.

    On topic: I'm rather opposed to a cloud based OS. Apart from many obvious benefits, there are security issues. And what about those who lack a fast broadband connection?
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    bill gates is your daddy , December 2, 2010 5:02 PM
    A machine operates without ever having an internet connection....how does Microsoft suggest Windows 8 run on that type of machine?
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    hellwig , December 2, 2010 5:07 PM
    I will never be 100% on the cloud, I don't care what software makers think the future holds. If I can't access it on my local machine I just don't want it. It's bad enough so many computer games come with crap like GFWL and SecuROM (at least Steam lets you play offline), but imagine if your whole computer were somehow dependant on the internet. I don't know where most of these people live, but my internet goes down, frequently (Mediacom wants me to take time off to fix THEIR problem, what a racket).

    I'm not sure what the point of cloud-based profiles is. So you can log into your account on a friend's Windows 8 machine? How is that going to work, are all your apps going to be on the cloud too? I really don't care if I can access my "My Documents" folder online, if my friend doesn't have the right programs installed it won't do me any good (yes, I know Microsoft is moving Office to the cloud, but think more broadly, think non-Microsoft).
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    cadder , December 2, 2010 5:08 PM
    If they thought people avoided Vista because of bad publicity, they will certainly avoid W8cloud.

    Personally I will avoid anything cloud-based. When I started with computers someone else owned the computer and they let you use it when they felt like it. Then computers became personal and it was great. We should never go back to having someone else tell us when we can use our/their computers.
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    zubikov , December 2, 2010 5:09 PM
    The whole "cloud" marketing gimmick is getting very annoying. It seems like about a year ago we all just decided to start using the word cloud instead of distributed systems, thin-client apps and the server-based apps on your web browser. It's not like someone build an effin' cloud and it made everything else obsolete; it's the same idea as it was a decade ago.

    Does anyone else here cringe when they hear those "to the cloud!" commercials?
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    Chipi , December 2, 2010 5:13 PM
    bill gates is your daddyA machine operates without ever having an internet connection....how does Microsoft suggest Windows 8 run on that type of machine?


    How about reading the article before posting?

    "Windows 8 will supposedly use backup kernels if an Internet connection is unavailable"
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    Anomalyx , December 2, 2010 5:14 PM
    Yeah, I can see it now for people still using dialup... "Booting kernel - 4 hours 12 minutes 43 second remaining"

    "I need to make a phone call, can you shut down the computer?"
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    of the way , December 2, 2010 5:17 PM
    Not a good idea. Not as stupid as it could be, but not good.
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    Anomalyx , December 2, 2010 5:20 PM
    Quote:
    Does anyone else here cringe when they hear those "to the cloud!" commercials?

    YES!
    Wtf can the cloud do that my computer can't? It might take 0.188356 seconds longer for my computer to do it locally, but I don't really care. Any extremely processor-intensive task that would actually benefit from cloudage would probably be forced to run locally anyways. It's no more than the latest buzzword designed to con people who don't know what they're doing into buying a technology they don't need.
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