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Windows 7: Microsoft readies 'Mohoro' Windows desktop as a service

02 May 2013   #1

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Microsoft readies 'Mohoro' Windows desktop as a service

Will this be the trend MS is taking? Remote Cloud PC for Surface Tablet?

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Microsoft readies 'Mohoro' Windows desktop as a service

Summary: Microsoft is believed to be building a Windows Azure-hosted desktop virtualization service that could be available on a pay-per-use basis.

By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft

May 1, 2013 -- 17:27 GMT (10:27 PDT)

In yet another example of its growing emphasis on remaking itself as a devices and services company, Microsoft looks to be developing a pay-per-use "Windows desktop as a service" that will run on Windows Azure.



The desktop virtualization service, codenamed Mohoro, is in a very early development phase, from what I've heard from sources. I don't know the final launch target, but I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't until the second half of 2014.

Mohoro is a town located on the island of Grande Comore in the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean. Given that members of the Microsoft India Development Center may be playing a key role in Mohoro's development, according to my sources, the codename choice seems appropriate.

Microsoft owns the Mohoro.com and Mohoro.Net domain names.

Mohoro, like another Windows service, Windows Intune, is a product of Microsoft's Server and Tools unit, I hear. Windows Intune is still not yet hosted on Windows Azure (as far as I know), but supposedly the plan is to move it to Azure at some point. Windows Intune already does make use of Windows Azure Active Directory as its directory and authentication service.
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02 May 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If I wasn't certain of Desktop's eventual and inevitable forced demise before, I am much more certain now.
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02 May 2013   #3

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Hi there
It's all about "Monetisation" -- I.E Screw the customer for all you can get.

This is ONE service I have positively ZERO intention of ever subscribing to -- Windows 7 will still run as a decent OS in 30 years time I suspect if any sort of "Computer" exists then.

Not sure I trust all the "Off shored" and "Out Sourced" stuff anyway --especially in low wage economies where for a bit of extra cash people can resort to all sorts of "Unofficial Trades" such as passwords / account details - Bank card and pin numbers.

My experience also with dealing with "Off shored" or "Out Sourced" stuff on the Sub Continent is usually one of a horrendous disaster -- my biggest pet hate are those "menu driven" Telephone Call centres situated in that part of the world followed by being at the receiving end of some of their I.T projects which have gone totally awry such as the failure of Bank ATM's last summer when it was impossible to access YOUR OWN MONEY for around 2 - 3 weeks --have since changed Banks BTW.

If Ms is going to establish its service base in where I think the OP alluded to where it might be - then as you guys in the US say "I'm Outta Here".

Cheers
jimbo
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02 May 2013   #4

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I couldn't agree more! Subscription Desktop won't cut it here any! They grabbed the idea from the Windows4All site which was Silverlight based to create a virtual desktop or Web based OS. That was closed down however while the main page is still seen at windows4all.com - Home

The subscription idea now however is to hook all those tablet users into not only buying a new Surface and then find out tablets are still going to be too limited and Win 8 on desktops suffers severely but now they have a new way to grab the mula by making web desktop addicts out of Surface and Metro users!

Now what about security on Cloud especially with 3rd fingers in the till? Here's one for just a few service providers that should raise some eye brows. Don't trust Apple, Verizon with your data, says EFF's privacy report | ZDNet
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02 May 2013   #5
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Cloud Computing Cloud computing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Too murky for me to want
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02 May 2013   #6

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Being off shore frees Microsoft fron US laws concerning your data. This cloud computing BS is getting out of control and I'm for one would stop using a PC before trusting ANY cloud platform. I'll stick with 7 until forced to move on. Then it's Linux time.
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03 May 2013   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bearcatrp View Post
Being off shore frees Microsoft fron US laws concerning your data. This cloud computing BS is getting out of control and I'm for one would stop using a PC before trusting ANY cloud platform. I'll stick with 7 until forced to move on. Then it's Linux time.

Hi there

I think I'd rather have the security provided by various data protection acts that exist in the USA and other responsible democracies (on the whole the USA whatever one's politics does a reasonable job -- in spite of some glaring glitches such as IRAQ, Afghanistan etc) where at least the people who OWN the data (i.e You and me) have recourse to both civil and criminal redress if things go wrong rather than trusting to services and data protection provided by some off shored low wage Asian country.

Recent experiences with off shored I.T operations and Call centres don't fill me with any confidence whatsoever.

However I certainly won't be using this type of service in any shape or form -- I DO have a FREE dropbox account but that's only for file sharing purposes so I don't have any issues there about data loss etc and I'd rather share my files that way with individuals I choose rather than trust to torrent sites.

If companies think people are going to adopt a subscription service in exchange for what they have been using FREE (once they've bought the OS or had it with the computer when they got their machine) for over 40 years then they are going to be sorely disappointed. Corporates might use it but in their case they will only go for it if it is CHEAPER than the services they are currently paying for and with these types of services once you get locked in it's very hard to disentangle yourself from the contract again.

IMO this will become a new LEGALIZED version of RANSOMWARE.

Incidentally it might be interesting to see the take up of OFFICE 365 rather than Office 2010 / 2013 as this is a subscription model -- Ms is obviously testing the waters here trying to sucker people in with "sweet deals".

As far as Cloud Computing is concerned -- the old English expression describes it properly IMO -- "Cloud Cuckoo Land".

Cheers
jimbo
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03 May 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Cloud Computing Cloud computing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Too murky for me to want
Here's a nice little line from the article:

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As a result, there could be unauthorized access to the data.
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03 May 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Cloud Computing Cloud computing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Too murky for me to want
Here's a nice little line from the article:

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As a result, there could be unauthorized access to the data.

And IMO that should include foreign governments and 'law enforcement ' agencies.

I'll be keeping my data out of the cloud, and if MS goes 'subscription only' I'll go Linux and freeware.
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03 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

From one of my previous posts:

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I hope everyone realizes that the grand plan is to give everyone a dumb terminal and make all computing in the cloud. That way, "they" control all the content, "they" control customizations, "they" control your personal data, AND "they" will charge you monthly for what you used to own outright.

It's already begun.......
I hope the Sheeple catch on before it's too late, but alas, I fear It's a generational issue. All the millennials think cloud computing with open borders on phones and computers is OK and they think they can trust the internet.

I'm 56 yo, and I been screwed big before. On line, I trust NO ONE. Especially M$hit and the big GOO. Look what happened at Fackbook. After a billion or so folks signed up they told their subscribers "we own you photos and you can't delete them". I would be totally PO'ed if my face appeared in say, a condom ad. But it won't be my face or my information, because I refuse to be a part of social media.

Remember... that if the service is free, then YOU are the product.
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