Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th May 2008 13:41 UTC
Features, Office eWeek's Debra Donston has penned down five ways the end user desktop in enterprises will look different in five years. While some of her ideas and predictions make a low of sense, there are a few things which are slightly debatable. Mostly, the reliance on virtualisation and web applications.
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Frame of mind
by AndrewDubya on Fri 30th May 2008 17:08 UTC
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I think she was focusing on the business desktop. She certainly mentions it repeatedly, so I'm not sure you're thinking in the same context.

The vast majority of business desktops (eg tech/support rep computers) are probably already running web apps almost completely. Obviously, only a subset of personal desktop tasks make sense in a browser or as 'cloud computing' (why do I hate that term?) apps.

Also, I don't think this is merely a technicality: You're already using virtualization on your desktop. If OSNews runs JavaScript, anyone browsing the site is using layered security and providing a 'virtual' environment for an application to execute in.

It's also clear, based on browser vulnerabilities (and the fact that people run other applications) that this is not enough. Intensive apps like Photoshop and games will probably never be virtualized, but IM clients, browsers/Office/PDF viewers would benefit. I'd also love to separate checking/credit card/savings accounts further from my regular browsing to lower the risk of them being compromised.

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RE: Frame of mind - The Cloud
by jabbotts on Fri 30th May 2008 18:36 in reply to "Frame of mind"
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For me, it's the obscurity of the term.

The Net has a place, I can "look" in a way and see that my computer is here and on the other side of this divider is The Intertubes; I'm good with that. My data is here but I can travel over that to get to my destination.

The Cloud takes my data out of my possession and places it out nebulously on that Intertubes thingy. Where is my data? Who knows, it's in the cloud. Who do I know my data is secure; meh, cloud says so.

Even as a security type, I'm not comfortable with having my data out in The Cloud. I'm willing to listen if I'm missing something in this concept but under my current understanding; not comfortable at all.

In a business setting, all the data belongs to the business and a centralized software/data management system that provides both through any authenticating terminal makes perfect sense.

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many people don't want viruses trashing their computer but they have no problem giving out their entire identities to the whole world.

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