Peter Bruzzese writes an interesting article on Infoworld today.
It’s funny how a bunch of writers are making points that seem to agree 100% with some of what this blog has been saying for months
Some highlights of particular interest to me…
One possible feature is called “My PC Knows Me,” which will use a proximity sensor to detect your movements in a room and, for example, wake up your PC. When you sit at your system, it will scan your face and log you in. Multiple user accounts won’t be a problem — it will instead switch between users. I see this as an interesting parental control. Even if Junior discovers Mom’s username and password, he won’t be able to get around the facial-recognition-based parental controls.
Interesting, I said that here.
Also he says:
Another new feature in Windows will be the equivalent of Apple’s forthcoming Mac App Store or the iTunes store. Microsoft has already been working on this with Windows 7 and Vista in the form of the Games for Windows Marketplace, which is installed in PCs via Windows Update and will roll out in mid-November.
We heard that too..
This is where it gets interesting:
With the recent emphasis on Office 365, the productivity-oriented successor to Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS) cloud server suite that integrates with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (code-named Aurora), it is logical to imagine tight integration with Windows 8 as well. Some rumors say Microsoft will call its next operating system “Windows 365,” which would further support the speculation that the desktop will be linked to its cloud offering.
Awesome, we said that first here
One rumored change for Windows 8 is in the updating of key kernel OS files through the cloud servers. In doing so, Microsoft could ensure systems are updated (supposedly without reboot) with the enhanced files. Plus, this could help prevent piracy. In the event a connection with the Internet is broken, backup kernel files will be used until the Internet connection can be reestablished.
We said that here too (not first but pretty close) –
My advice to Redmond: Take your time on this one. Windows 7 is doing just fine in the marketplace. Windows XP is slowly being retired where budgets and workload needs allow. The damaged reputation over Vista (earned or not) is beginning to fade, just as it did for Windows ME before it. Make sure the next flavor of Windows gets our mouths watering. Delay the release for as long as necessary until that is the case. We’ll wait.
It’s just cool to me that conventional wisdom is coming around to where I thought it would.
Also validates the hard work I put in here..