I’ve been predicting for a while that Microsoft is moving us away from its PC-centric Windows operating system to a cloud-based rental version of Windows. Now, with the Windows Virtual Desktop beta finally showing up, we’re a step closer to the death of the PC.
This is an interesting opinion piece from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Vaughan-Nichols speculates that eventually the only locally-based operating systems might be OS X and Linux.
I understand the loss of control he’s worried about. But it would be great for me. I have a Windows partition that I use for a few annoying Windows tasks. Like track changes isn’t flawless going LibreOffice to Office. So I’d love to have a virtual machine I could visit, that doesn’t require my local disk space.
But I get why others might not love that they have to use a terminal to compute. Again.
The end of the desktop? | Computerworld