It is an era of transformations as more and more tech companies are trying to leverage their products on innovation and drive growth. Microsoft in that aspect has been all over the place, with its recently launched metro styled UI, in which it tried to unify desktop as well as mobile platform. Windows 8 has not been a huge success in that matter, as most users found it hard to get accustomed to the new UI. There were very few takers for the new OS and many believed that Microsoft has gone way too ahead with its reinvention.
There is no denying the fact that technology is moving at a very fast pace and it is has made it imperative for companies to stay in sync with the latest trends to avoid redundancies. After the not so successful launch of windows 8, Microsoft has been working on the next version of Windows codenamed “Blue”. There are huge expectations from this version as many believe that Microsoft would refute back to the start menu style UI or at least incorporate start menu inside Metro style.
In addition to the next version of Windows known as Windows Blue, Microsoft is also working on something called Mohoro, which is a whole new concept in desktop computing. It has been found time and again that end users have started to prefer SaaS model (Software as a service) which reduces overall cost of ownership of the product.
Microsoft is taking that approach to a whole new level offering the next version of Windows remotely over the network giving it a desktop as a service model. This means that users will be able to grab the windows over the internet and beam it on to their devices. Although there are no more details known, desktop as a service is a model that can see a promising future as more and more services go over to cloud. google has already worked in that aspect by launching their chromebook that works on the same principle.
This would allow end users to use the operating system irrespective of the device constraints. Users are trying to diminish the device centric approach and work towards software centric model. This is highly vitas due to the fact that everything is in the cloud which phases out the hassle to manage hardware.
There are many vendors like Desktone and VMware who have worked on the same concept of providing desktop as a service over the cloud. Nut microsoft has taken it a step further offering a full version of Windows as a service.