The more information that comes out about the Windows 8 operating system, the better it looks for business. The majority of business is already using Windows, and most applications are built around it. Apple has never been for business, and there is no other operating system that can supply what business needs.
The majority of managed and dedicated server technology is built for Windows-based operating systems. Everything related to business and computers is Windows-based, and there is a lot going on behind the scenes that just about all of us don’t understand. The majority of internet architecture is designed and works best with Windows. Windows 8 is going to make further changes to the whole way we do things on the internet.
• Cloud Computing. We are all using a certain level of cloud computing with everything we already do. Gmail is an excellent example of that. If you have a managed server for your company data-base, you are using cloud computing in a controlled manner – you know where your server is. True cloud computing is provided by companies like Google (and the Chromebook), Apple (iCloud), and soon we will see a huge range of cloud computing services to be provided by Microsoft. The most famous application Office, which we all use, is available as Office365, and provides a full cloud-experience for users. The application is web-based, and that includes storage, access and retrievability. Collaboration is the way of the future. Sending files you have worked on is a way of the past.
• Windows Server. Window Server 8 virtual machines are designed to help business to build bigger private cloud computing environments. Microsoft is stating the new server design will allow a huge amount of flexibility, a greater amount of critical workload because of a high number of virtual processors, while maintaining a higher level of fault tolerance without additional hardware requirements. If they deliver on these claims, business servers, managed and dedicated servers will be able to handle much more than they ever have, and it should be cheaper to do.
• Applications. We have seen a growth in the number of cloud computing-based applications, such as Office365, because Windows will allow applications built with HTML5, the language normally reserved for the internet and browser based applications (namely websites), we will see a greater number of web-based applications come on the market. While normal applications will still run on Windows 8, it is predictable all new applications will be constructed with HTML5. This means even more cloud computing and cross-platform applications. They will become the norm.
Cloud-based computing and the Windows upgrade are intertwined. Collaboration and sharing are about to become the norm. Many people have access to simple cloud computing tools, and yet they do not know them, and they do not know the advantages of using them. You can learn more about this by accessing the features inside Gmail, such as Google Docs, or similar features inside Windows Live.