Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Jun 2011 17:54 UTC
Editorial Bob Cringeley makes a bold statement in a blog post responding to Apple's iCloud announcement: "Jobs is going to sacrifice the Macintosh in order to kill Windows." He says, "The incumbent platform today is Windows because it is in Windows machines that nearly all of our data and our ability to use that data have been trapped. But the Apple announcement changes all that. Suddenly the competition isn't about platforms at all, but about data, with that data being crunched on a variety of platforms through the use of cheap downloaded apps."
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I have paid for MobileMe for two years because I don't like Google calendar's aesthetics and I like bookmark syncing to my iPhone.

I can tell you, most of iCloud is not a game changer. And Windows won't even blink at any of the services except one - iTunes in the Cloud.

I know a ton of people who use Windows PC (and Macs often) for two purposes:
1. A web browser
2. iTunes

Most people have iPods and those people need a PC or Mac to use it. With iTunes in the Cloud (now with iPod Touches, maybe one day with other iPods), those users are free to buy things like Chromebooks or rely on iPads alone.

I don't buy the argument for "data" in general. I buy the argument for iTunes and music.

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