A curve ball in the ‘cloud’ from Microsoft

With all the hype around cloud computing these days, particularly with the focus on Google, it came as a surprise to many today that Microsoft  announced a forthcoming cloud based OS.

Steve Balmer revealed that the new OS, labled ‘Windows Cloud’ (for now),  will be launched later this month.

“We need a new operating system designed for the cloud and we will introduce one in about four weeks, we’ll even have a name to give you by then. But let’s just call it for the purposes of today ‘Windows Cloud.”

Popular opinion these days is dismissive of Microsoft. The growth of Google and the market gains of Apple make it easy to take cheap shots at an apparent ailing giant from Redmond. Many believe they have lost their way.

But to dismiss Microsoft is reckless and naive. If they are entering the cloud computing space, I believe it is a step in the right direction. I also genuinely believe cloud computing is the future. So now Google and Microsoft have stepped up to the challenge. Mr Jobs – what next from Apple?

You can read the full story over at the Register. Full article here :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/01/steve_ballmer_windows_cloud/

I for one, can’t wait to see it.