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 don't think so
by WorknMan on Tue 7th Jun 2011 18:33 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Look, I'll be the first to say that I am a fan of smartphones, and even tablets. But neither of them are going to kill PCs or Macs anytime soon. Maybe for my grandma they will, but not for people who need to get 'real work' done.

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RE: I don't think so
by REM2000 on Tue 7th Jun 2011 19:22 in reply to "I don't think so"
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2006-07-25

I think thats they key thing, "for grandma". Five years ago if grandma wanted a computer it would have been a desktop or laptop running Windows or Mac OSX.

Obviously content still needs to be created so the death of the PC is greatly exaggerated. However in another way is it?

Take the iPad again, how many grandmas will get the device, then how many mums and dads, how many teenagers? There is a large segment just ready for the Post-PC device, where these markets only need to consume web services.

For media/content creation it is worth thinking that internet speeds will improve, uploading a HD home movie won't take as long. Editing of the movie could be done in the cloud with the iPad like device acting as the interface to the cloud service. All of the editing processed by the cloud and then stored in the cloud. Things like docking the ipad so it can be used with a bluetooth keyboard and large screen suddenly make the iPad device invisible to the end user, suddenly it looks like a PC.

I don't foresee this soon, but give it five years and i think we'll be surprised at how much we do in the cloud, just think back to 5 years ago, in 2006 how much were we using the cloud compared to today, it's only going to continue.

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RE: I don't think so
by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 7th Jun 2011 20:37 in reply to "I don't think so"
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2005-07-06

Look, I'll be the first to say that I am a fan of smartphones, and even tablets. But neither of them are going to kill PCs or Macs anytime soon. Maybe for my grandma they will, but not for people who need to get 'real work' done.


Exactly. I don't see, in any foreseeable future, small portable device replacing "proper computers".
Not even the very visionary Star Trek authors could fathom the demise of "proper computers" in a distant future.
OTOH, for the gazillionth time, I want my data on my PC, not "in the clouds", also because internet services are far from 100% reliable in many countries, including mine. And dial-up is far from dead on a planetary scale.

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