Windows 8 May Fight Piracy Via the Cloud

Last month we reported that Windows 8 may feature a cloud-based backup feature. The news stemmed from two Microsoft job listings which discussed a possible connection between Windows Azure, web-based services and Windows 8. The news also stemmed from a set of slides released earlier this year suggesting that cloud-based computing would play a vital role in Windows 8.

Now there's an indication that Windows 8 will synchronize several key kernel files directly from Microsoft cloud servers, possibly preventing piracy while also providing instant system updates without requiring a reboot. Windows 8 will supposedly use backup kernels if an Internet connection is unavailable, however the OS will contact Microsoft servers and download the latest files whenever the connection is re-established.

Currently it's unclear how Microsoft will "whitelist" computers and/or licenses. At this point everything is mere speculation, with this latest bit of cloud-based insight stemming from an unnamed source. However the rumor also coincides with previous reports that user accounts would be located in the cloud, saving roaming settings and preferences that would be associated with the user across multiple Windows-based devices.

There's no question that cloud-based services will play a major role in Windows 8. As previously mentioned, Microsoft was seeking a Windows System Engineer to “play a role as we integrate our online services with Windows 8." Another listing sought out a Software Development Engineer to help with work on "a Windows Azure-based service and integrating with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup."

Will storing key kernel files on cloud servers help prevent piracy? It's a given that hackers will find a way to enable offline operation, however that could mean pirates couldn't go online. What's the fun in that?

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  • Hellboy
    Microsoft might bring out a new OS first time that we actually want..

    Shock horror...

    PC's have started to loose ground to macs

    why cos every twat writes a virus for it..

    Why cant some one exodus the Mac OS and be done with it..

    Would love to see smile wiped of a poncy mac users face
  • ben BOys
    Why hellboy only sstupid people get viruses. i've haad 1 virus and that afterdownlding of torrents sites which is basically illegal in the first place. othwise i've had n problems. and i's say mach has done the desctop chats in recent year since only really mac dev's and media indusrty use them. otherwise windows 7 is dominating the home market DOMINATING
  • DavC
    Hellboy, where in the article does it compare Windows to OSX? and where does it mention Viruses?

    it's simply stating that part of the OS may be moved to the cloud. Which doesnt seem to have anything to do with what you wrote? Mac bashing for the sake of it?