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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Nah
by ccraig13 on Tue 7th Jun 2011 19:19 UTC
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2011-05-31

The reason is even simpler: They just wanted to have a service that used the word "cloud" like everyone else ;)

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RE: Nah
by MacMan on Tue 7th Jun 2011 19:33 in reply to "Nah"
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2006-11-19

The reason is even simpler: They just wanted to have a service that used the word "cloud" like everyone else ;)


Wow, this pretty much hits the nail on the head. I read all the iCould announcements, and yawn, what is the big freaking deal, I don't get it.

Oh, this statement from Cringeley is one of the most idiotic things I've ever heard from him. How is a website where you can store stuff and sync stuff going to kill Windows, Mac, or any other OS???

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RE[2]: Nah
by demetrioussharpe on Wed 8th Jun 2011 15:38 in reply to "RE: Nah"
demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

Oh, this statement from Cringeley is one of the most idiotic things I've ever heard from him. How is a website where you can store stuff and sync stuff going to kill Windows, Mac, or any other OS???


Is this not obvious for you? He's not talking about killing the actual platform. He's talking about killing the advantage that one platform would have over the other by subjugating app development to the web, instead of running it through the API's that would tie it down to the host platform. Obviously, there would still be a need for the host OS, to a point. Though, I believe that Google is trying to make that need go away, also.

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RE: Nah
by demetrioussharpe on Wed 8th Jun 2011 15:34 in reply to "Nah"
demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

The reason is even simpler: They just wanted to have a service that used the word "cloud" like everyone else ;)


Everyone wants to say cloud. Of course, what everyone doesn't want the non-techie users to know is that the cloud is as old as unix (maybe older). It's no different than having mainframes that users had to login to from terminals. How funny it is to listen to companies attempt to charge for the services of an old technology, but talk about it as if it's brand new!

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