Learn What IT Pros Need to Know About Windows 11 - August 26th at 1 PM ET! Learn What IT Pros Need to Know About Windows 11 - August 26th at 1 PM ET!
Windows 10

Microsoft’s Cloud Shell Looks To Modernize Windows

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been positioning Windows as a service, meaning the platform will receive frequent and substantial updates. When Microsoft first made the ‘as a service’ announcement, many assumed this to mean the company would move to a subscription model, much like it has done with Office 365 and for business, there is a new option to pay for Windows on a monthly basis, but it has also resulted in new features arriving for the OS every year.

Microsoft is working on a new shell for Windows which is being referred to as Cloud Shell. While I don’t have all the details on the platform yet, it is being described as a new “lightweight iteration of Windows designed for the modern computing world” based on documents I have seen. The timeline for introduction is expected in 2017 but no firm date was given for its release or announcement.

We have known for some time that Microsoft has wanted to modernize Windows and they previously tried (and failed) with Windows RT; it is possible that the company is going to reboot this effort. Further, this new cloud shell could be related to the company’s recently announced Windows on ARM version of its operating system that will show up this fall.

Sponsored Content

Read the Best Personal and Business Tech without Ads

Staying updated on what is happening in the technology sector is important to your career and your personal life but ads can make reading news, distracting. With Thurrott Premium, you can enjoy the best coverage in tech without the annoying ads.

Additionally, Cshell which has received quite a bit of attention around the web recently and Cloud shell do not appear to be related.

Microsoft’s Windows Store and UWP framework appears to be part of Cloud Shell which may indicate that the company wants to take a stab at trying to utilize the Surface RT model now that the store and framework have had time to materialize. What would be more interesting is if Microsoft is truly trying to make a version of Windows for the masses that runs in the cloud and then streamed locally to your machine, much like a thin-client, but the details around Cloud shell are still a bit foggy.

Microsoft typically talks about these types of advancements at its Build conference that is taking place in May of this year. As I learn more, I’ll make sure to pass it along but for now know that Microsoft is not sitting idle with Windows and is pushing forward to find new ways to extend the longevity of its desktop operating system.

Related Topics:


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.

Register for Advanced Microsoft 365 Day!

GET-IT: Advanced Microsoft 365 1-Day Virtual Conference - Live August 24th!

Join us on Tuesday, August 24th and hear from Microsoft MVPs and industry experts about how to take advantage of Microsoft 365 at a technical level and dive deep into the features and functionality that will make your environment more secure and compliant.


Sponsored By