Microsoft is looking to make their OS more portable.Â With Windows8 one of the features the Redmond Washington company is featuring is a bootable OS.Â True, we’ve seen both Windows and Linux distro’s bootable off a flash drive, but what makes this a bit different is 1)Â being legal and 2)Â officially supported.Â This seems a very smart move to keep Microsoft positioned to as an option as virtual desktop and thin client systems continue to rise in popularity. Many power users already run virtual laptops off of USB drives enabling them to work on a single consistent environment at both home and work without fussing with a laptop/briefcase. This should cement the concept and help keep MS moving towards more secure OS options comparable to VPMs.
With an official version of bootable Windows OS, IT managers could now use a USB Duplicator, such as the one from Nexcopy Inc., to mass produce their installation and/or restore media in a much faster time frame then using an old school optical duplicator.
An additional caveat of the portable Windows system is the speed of the environment.Â Granted, there is nothing like running off a hard disk, but running of NAND flash will be almost as smooth…and with memory performance getting better with USB 3.0 flashdrive devices, it will become two of the same.
Video of Windows8 running on a MacBook Pro after the jump