Log in

View Full Version : Microsofts last based client OS

25-10-2009, 03:34 PM
Well here is the quote:

Long after Donald Rumsfeld has died, he will be known (sic) for one of the worst quotes ever:

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we donít know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we donít know we donít know.

Now although information about Windows 8 will eventually become available, rather than the lack of information to this day about WMDs, Windows 8 details still remain sketchy. Here are Windows 8ís Known Knowns:

1.It will be called Windows 8 and thereís even a Windows 9 in the pipeline
2.It will be released no earlier than 2012 Ė it is unlikely it will be released in 2011
3.It will have new networking features
4.It will include 128 bit support and will see the end of 32 bit Operating Systems
5.It wonít be Microsoftís last client based OS - Steve Ballmer says that wonít happen for 10-20 years.
Hopefully soon we will unravel Windows 8ís known unknowns and unknown unknowns!

And here is my question:

What do you think will happen after microsofts last client based OS... what are the possibilities?

25-10-2009, 06:15 PM
wtf are *client based OS*-es ?

26-10-2009, 03:35 PM

The control program in a user's machine (desktop or laptop). Also called a "client operating system," Windows is the overwhelming majority while the Macintosh comes second. There are also several versions of Linux for the desktop. Contrast with network operating system.

A network operating system that is designed for network use. Normally, it is a complete operating system with file, task and job management; however, with some earlier products, it was a separate component that ran under the OS; for example, LAN Server required OS/2, and LANtastic required DOS.

Unix, Linux, NetWare, Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 are examples of network operating systems designed for use in stand-alone servers. Such products may also include a Web server, directory services, messaging system, network management and multiprotocol routing capabilities.

27-10-2009, 08:20 AM
Either I still don't understand, or that definition doesn't quite cover it.

27-10-2009, 02:16 PM
In personal computers and computer workstations, the difference between client and server operating system is often just a matter of marketing - the server version may contain more operating system components, allow more simultaneous logins, and may be more expensive, while the client version may contain more end-user software.

So... windows server for all?

27-10-2009, 05:20 PM
When they say "last client based OS" they probably mean that the next OS would be some cloud-based mumbojumbo where you just run some minimal launcher OS at your client machine, and the applications are served by someone else. Though it feels a bit pointless to speculate about what will happen 10-20 years in the future if that's the timeline Ballmer uses.