Microsoft Corp., the world’s biggest software company, is doing the unthinkable. It is readying to deploy its new operating system (OS), Windows 10, on the cloud. Labelled “Windows as a service”, the company will provide free upgrades to users of Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has also assured users that it will keep the new OS updated for the supported lifetime of a device for free. Windows 10 debuts on 29 July.
As per Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and group CEO of Greyhound Research, the announcement of local data centres makes it evident that the Indian market is vital to Microsoft’s success.
“The launch of Windows 10 will solidify their intent to cater to consumers better, with significant improvements to the OS but companies will take some time to migrate to Windows 10 (many still use Windows XP, which is no longer actively supported by Microsoft) as they would want to wait till the product is stable,” Gogia said.
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