Windows 8 to Feature Cloud Based Online Backup

This might start out as a free service, but if it turns out to be popular, then I bet it won’t be free for long …

Backups should play an essential in every computer user’s disaster recovery plan. Cloud based backup solutions have gained popularity over the course of the last years, which can be largely attributed to faster Internet connections and falling online storage costs.

Windows users currently have to rely on third party backup solutions to backup their data. Windows will remind them that a backup software is missing, but does not offer one to the user.

Microsoft aims to change this according to a job posting with the release of their upcoming operating system Windows 8. The job posting confirms that a team is currently “working on a Windows Azure-based service” to integrate it”with certain Microsoft online services and Windows 8 client backup”.

What does it mean? It means that Microsoft plans to integrate a client backup application in Windows 8, and that this client backup solution will include a cloud based backup option.

It is not clear if this will be purely a cloud based backup solution, or if the online backup option is one of the available choices.

It is furthermore not clear if all Windows 8 editions will offer this backup solution, and whether it will be free of charge or a subscription based service.

The inclusion of a backup solution in Windows 8 adds another much requested feature to the operating system. It will be interesting to see what else Microsoft plans to add to the operating system. (via Windows 8 Client Backup In The Cloud, Powered By Windows Azure)

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