Jul 12, 2010

Analyst's View: Will Windows 8 Be A Business-Only OS?

Bolstered by the success of Windows 7, Microsoft is looking forward to the next Windows. Early signs are that it might be a business-focused release, much like Windows 2000.
Could Windows 8 be the Windows 2000 of the 21st century? When Microsoft released Windows 2000, it was largely embraced by the corporate world, but few consumers (except hard-core geeks) ran it on their home machines. Windows 95, Windows 98, and the doomed Windows Millennium targeted the average user. A decade later, rumors and hints point to a Windows 8 that appears poised to walk the same business-centric path.
The successor to Windows 7 is probably a few years from release, but there's already considerable speculation on what the upcoming ZIFFSECTION id="1647">operating system will entail. A post at Ma-Config, a French tech news site, has piqued OS-watchers' interests, as it hinted at Windows 8's potential business-friendly features. Analysts, including ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, are pondering the heavy focus on virtualization due to certain statements made on the French blog:

Virtual machines (VMs) become key platform components for data centers and Microsoft products such as Win8, System Center, and Azure.

On the website of Microsoft Research, we learn that virtualization should be one of the key components of Windows 8. It seems to confirm that Bernard Ourghanlian, technical and security director at Microsoft France, interviewed on the site itrmanager in March 2009. Version 3 Hyper-V is now scheduled run on workstations and Windows 8 only. 

Virtualization is certainly one of the more intriguing potential Windows 8 features, one that could drastically improve the IT/developer, business user, and cloud-computing experiences. Here are the potential improvements that Windows 8's virtualization can bring to the business sector.

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