Microsoft finally chose the codename for its Cloud OS Platform. Strata it is then. That's at least what the sessions page of Microsoft's Forthcoming Professional Developers Conference page pointed to earlier yesterday.
The page, that has now been modified and no longer shows any Strata-related info, has been captured by fellow blogger (opens in new tab) Kit Ong's and shows eight sessions dedicated to Windows Strata.
Microsoft though appears to be jumping "heavily" on the Cloud computing bandwagon, in a similar fashion to the u turn Bill Gate engineered back in the 1990's when it brought Internet (known then as the Infobahn) to Windows 95. No less than 34 sessions will be dedicated to Cloud computing.
Steve Ballmer has already acknowledged that Microsoft needs a cloud based operating system - fast - in order to catch up with the likes of Amazon or Google, both of whom have already deployed large scale Software-as-a-service implementations.
Not that Microsoft did not think about it before, it was just too early. They did speak about a Hailstorm project (which also comes from Clouds) back in 2001, described as a project to "make MSN-hosted user data available to the same users at non-Microsoft web site" - a bit like OpenSocial - and Lightning (which again, comes from Clouds), the original codename for Microsoft's Common Language Runtime.
Microsoft's PDC will debut on the 27th October in Los Angeles.
From Wikipedia (opens in new tab), A stratus cloud (Plural = Strata) is a cloud belonging to a class characterized by horizontal layering with a uniform base, as opposed to convective clouds that are as tall or taller than wide (these are termed cumulus clouds). (ed: It also refers to geological layers as well)