Ballmer Says 'Windows Cloud' Is Coming Soon

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer last week revealed some details of a new operating system aimed at helping developers write Internet-based applications.

The operating system, known as Windows Cloud, will be formally unveiled within a month, Ballmer told an audience of IT managers at a Microsoft-sponsored developer conference in London.

Windows Cloud is a separate project from Windows 7, the operating system slated to succeed Windows Vista, he noted.

Ballmer, was short on details but did point out that Microsoft's hosted software, or "Software + Services," strategy does not involve moving key products like Office entirely off desktop PCs and onto the Internet.

This version of the story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.

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