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Microsoft Embraces the Personal Cloud With Windows 8

Published: 18 January 2013

ID: G00239644

Analyst(s): Shalini Verma, Tracy Tsai


Windows 8 with SkyDrive has improved Microsoft's standing as a personal cloud provider. Platform-agnostic personal cloud services and a horizontal ecosystem are on the rise in 2013.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Through SkyDrive and sync settings (in a Microsoft account), Windows 8 will help Microsoft use personal cloud to build extra value into its platform
  • Windows 8's multidevice platform, including tablets and phones, helps it become more vertical and expand into touch-driven apps beyond a keyboard and mouse interface
  • Windows 8 increases diversity in users' platform choices. Greater use of different platforms will increase the value of horizontal apps/ecosystems spanning multiple platforms

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