Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Mar 2010 18:25 UTC
Microsoft Seventy percent of the 40000 people who work on software at Microsoft are in some way working in the cloud internet, CEO Steve Ballmer said in a talk to comp sci students at the University of Washington. "A year from now, that will be 90 percent," he said. Ballmer also said that Microsoft wants to help foster the development of different cloud internet-computing services, both private and public. All Microsoft products including Windows, Office, Xbox, Azure, Bing and Windows Phone are driven by the idea of being connected to the cloud internet.
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argh
by yoshi314@gmail.com on Fri 5th Mar 2010 19:41 UTC
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2009-12-14

i feel like a dinosaur for being sceptical of cloud approach. i only can go as far as gmail in that regard.

i think this is after my time. and i'm not even 30 yet.

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RE: argh
by Zifre on Fri 5th Mar 2010 21:21 in reply to "argh"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

i feel like a dinosaur for being sceptical of cloud approach. i only can go as far as gmail in that regard.

You are not alone. The "cloud" is a buzzword that basically means the Internet. Soon, it will fade.

If computing had always been in the "cloud" until now, then we'd suddenly all start flocking to native applications, and it would be the latest, greatest, coolest thing ever.

Basically, the reason for this obsession with "cloud" computing is that companies want to charge you monthly fees and/or get ad revenue, rather than customers just paying for something once.

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RE[2]: argh
by Kroc on Fri 5th Mar 2010 21:33 in reply to "RE: argh"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

On Demand → Software as a Service → Cloud Computing → ?

The buzzwords keep changing, but the technology doesn’t.

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RE[2]: argh
by nt_jerkface on Sat 6th Mar 2010 00:15 in reply to "RE: argh"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

There is a key difference which is that cloud hosting is supposed to handle scaling automatically. But it is too often used as a buzzword when internet will do.

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RE[2]: argh
by XA Hydra on Mon 8th Mar 2010 21:28 in reply to "RE: argh"
XA Hydra Member since:
2010-03-08

Darn right!!

The thought of giving up that much control really makes me uncomfortable... Putting my stuff on some server somewhere that belongs to someone else, where they can hold it for a monthly ransom... I'm sick and tired of companies trying to take my control away and nickel and dime me to death. Local apps will always have a place with me. Just look at what happened recently with UBISoft's servers going down- no one could play the game they BOUGHT. One day those servers will go down for good and unlike our good old software from ten years back, these people won't be able to pull it out from under their bed, pop it in and enjoy the good old days.

...Sheesh, maybe one day soon we will just get sued for claiming to own anything

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RE: argh
by Bobthearch on Fri 5th Mar 2010 23:21 in reply to "argh"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

Count me in too. I sure as hell don't want to be dependent on internet access to get work (or play) done.

Bad enough all of the streaming crap instead of downloadable media files...

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RE[2]: argh
by robojerk on Sun 7th Mar 2010 07:03 in reply to "RE: argh"
robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Google Gears already fixes that.

Offline access to Google Docs, Gmail... Hopefully the HTML5 version works just as well.

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RE: argh
by darknexus on Sun 7th Mar 2010 10:46 in reply to "argh"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I second, and I'm only 24. While I like the convenience of having things available anywhere I can get an internet connection, I will never leave my data exclusively in the cloud. It belongs to me, and I want it saved locally. Syncing to a cloud is fine so long as I can choose what to sync (note, using the word cloud to mean remote server clusters). As for apps, forget it. I want my apps to be local, I don't want to depend on the internet for that. For me, it's selective sync of cloud data, but cloud apps? Forget it.
Also, remember that cloud is just a buzz word for thin client computing over the internet. The only difference is that it's done via web browser rather than remote desktop or dumb terminal.

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