Windows 10 Could Be Getting a Mac-Style Cloud System Restore Feature
Apple Mac users can enjoy knowing that if their system fails, they can download a fresh copy of their operating system from the cloud. It seems Microsoft having been taking note of this nifty feature, as they plan to begin testing a similar feature on their own platform very soon.
The company recently revealed it’s in the process of testing a new “cloud download” feature, for restting Windows 10 systems that have failed or where the operating system requires reinstallation. It’s not publicly available just yet, but the feature will appear if you boot a machine that’s in a failed state.
“Existing support tools for Windows from laptops like Dell, Asus, HP, and more usually involve a copy of the OS on a partitioned part of the drive or third-party tools to restore from the cloud or a USB key. Microsoft appears to be addressing the many different ways you can recover from issues on multiple laptops, and hopefully provides an easy method for anyone to use.
This feature will likely be key for Microsoft’s Windows Lite and Windows Core OS (WCOS) efforts. Microsoft is creating a simplified and Chrome-OS like version of Windows 10, and being able to restore that to devices without plugging in a USB device could be key for some of the hardware that will run Windows Lite.” (The Verge)
With so many different makes, models, and manufacturers to consider in terms of implementing the feature, it may be some time until the cloud OS download feature is in a rich and complete state for users to enjoy. It’s likely we’ll see the feature rolled out gradually to certain manufacturers and machines as work progresses.
It’s a very cool feature, and one that Microsoft is right in emulating from Apple devices. So much of our technology as a result of seeking more convenience and ease of use, and this new feature should only make what is usually a painful process into a much more streamlined one.
What do you think? Looking forward to this new feature? Are you an IT admin? If so, do you see this helping your workflow? Share your comments below.