I dont think this is windows on the go like traditional portable OS, if i were a betting man this is more like a roaming profile on steroids, imagine working on an application, you need to show a college in another building something, you have to save all your documents, shutdown windows, go to his machine, copy all the documents start up the applications open the documents, it's a damn hassle, i had an idea a while back that it be nice if you could just save the state of your current work space go to another machine and deploy that workspace, now tie that into networked storage devices. You could almost eliminate the idea of employees having ownership of hardware assets
I agree with MobileWorkSpace over there. I imagine it's like this: You plug the device before logging in, and another clickable user appears on the logon screen, which you can log on to and magically see your entire user profile there, down to the AppData folder. You probably won't boot from the portable drive, you'll merely store the user profile on it. And I imagine that at this point in time, 16GB is overprovisioned for testing purposes. Besides, 16GB flash disks are cheap, and 500GB portable HDDs aren't exactly expensive.
This will be awesome for corporate IT support. It would allow the IT dept. to lock out the default admin account and anytime anyone has a virus, rather than having to go in as a network admin and risk screwing up and leaving that access available or giving the virus netw, they can remove the system from the network, login with this feature, and kill the virus without ever removing a system from someone's workstation. Seems like, from the screenies, this is going to be a feature of the Enterprise Edition, which would make sense from my standpoint... Probably will be on the "Ultimate" edition too, which will let us nerds play with it.
in fact with virtualization you could deploy direct to your college's desktop, you can use his existing logon to start a VM and deploy your workspace directly into that
it be feature like this that would really make an enterprise edition more then just an OS with better network features, although they may have to slow it's development down a bit..... otherwise corporates might just skip win7 and jump straight to win8 lol
I agree that 16 GB is way too much. There are fully functional Linux distros that can fit on a CD. While reading the title, for a moment I thought that Windows will return to the pre-Vista size. Even to this day I can't understand what and why Windows Vista / 7 features take up so much space compared to Windows XP.
Since we don't have the details about this I think it's a little early to criticize the 16GB minimum size. I think some people here are just assuming it's a flat installation of Windows 8 but I'm not so sure.
I tend to think of it more like MobileWorkSpace posted earlier. It's listed as a portable workspace but I would have to assume some of the user's files are going to be there in addition to the OS files. Maybe it will be like a portable, roaming profile. In that case the 16GB seems reasonable, especially if other programs move over with it.
i dont believe it would be a stand alone win8 installation, it would probably utilize an existing win8 installation and inject itself into that
in fact if you really think about it the possibilities are really interesting, the windows experience may come in two parts, the core would be installed onto a machine (whether x86 or ARM based), instead of logging in you would instead virtualize a workspace inside that core, the workspace would adapt based upon the core it has virtualized into, for instance a tablet would get cloud stuff, a desktop maybe gaming, it would mean a single profile that can roam across different hardware..... imagine a smartphone (easily have over 16GB of space) can be used to login and virtualize your workspace into any machine
[citation][nom]x3style[/nom]Yeah 1GB of useless stuff...[/citation]
Yes, useless stuff like video players, audio players, browsers and the like! But no anti-virus???? I wonder why? After taking two hours to "Fix" a friends laptop because he was stupid enough to click on a pop up window that offered a free anti-virus package I will stick with my useless Linux distribution and leave you to hours of jittery video and stalling programs because your computer is running a virus scan.
If Microsoft wanted to rule the world, they would give the OS away for free. Subsidizing the cost through development tools, office and an assortment of other products that will sell on their new OS. Either that or bump the price up $10-20 on the OS and give the development/productivity tools away. Microsoft had better change soon or they will find themselves living in a Linux world. Their (M$) business model is flawed in the fact that they are making the development tools for their OS prohibitively expensive. What makes an OS great isn't the OS itself, but the tools/games that are produced for it.