M$, Being All-in for the Cloud Creates a Cloud OS, Which Google Patents…

“A system for providing an operating system over a network to a local device is provided. The system includes a base image server, a preferences image server and an image loader. The system may also include a boot loader. A method for providing an operating system over a network to a local device is also provided. The method includes receiving a request for an operating system. The method further includes transmitting to a local device remotely stored base and preferences images that are configured for combination into a combined image. The method may also include the synchronizing the combined image with a cached version of an operating system on the local device.”

see United States Patent: 8239662.

Of course, M$ is calling their OS “the first cloud OS” so there could be fireworks…

Of course, I think Google’s patent is nonsense. It includes just about everything one can do with a networked OS since the 1980s, so it’s more than a little broad. I think it’s aimed at the VDI stuff in general and Chrome OS in particular but who knows what M$ thinks their OS does? Wouldn’t it be cool though if Google could receive an injunction to block M$’s whole empire? Is Mutual Assured Destruction now keyed up?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to M$, Being All-in for the Cloud Creates a Cloud OS, Which Google Patents…

  1. ch says:

    “Cloud OS”? Sounds more like a slightly refined PXE.

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