When you hear or think about cloud computing, what comes to mind first? For most people, it’s an image of big servers, enterprise databases, and mission-critical applications. That vision isn’t wrong, but it’s certainly incomplete. That’s because the future of the desktop (and by that, I mean the desktop environment, including laptops, notebooks, etc.) is in the cloud. Here’s why, and what it means for your organization.
The release of Windows 7 kicked off one of the computer industry’s “great migrations,” a movement still underway today. Later this year, according to reports, Microsoft will release the first beta of Windows 8, a new hybrid OS that promises to blend mouse and touch-driven computing into a single environment. Windows 8 will reportedly RTM in 2012.
This will result in a new generation of computing devices that function as a laptop one moment and a tablet the next. And it will also result in yet another time-consuming and costly migration for organizations that want to keep their IT environments current.
Both Windows 7 and 8 have received positive reviews from press and IT leaders alike. But no matter what your opinion of these platforms, Microsoft’s support for the 10-year-old Windows XP will end in 2014. No more security patches. No more phone support. No more knowledge base articles.