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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No it isnt
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And that will kill Windows just how? By ensuring Windows has to be interoperable so that iGizmo users can continue using Windows. Sorry, can't see how that will work.

I can see, however, Apple doing the other thing: making cool cloud services that work with the iThings and not with the competition. Say, for instance, their music service only working with iTunes and iPod/iPhone. But cool as it is (and "evil" in the best tradition from One Microsoft Way), it won't kill anything.

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lieutenantmudd Member since:

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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No it isnt Member since:

Most people don't have iPods, and iPod sales have been declining for years as they are replaced by more capable smartphones, including the iPhone. Only 30% of all Steam users have iTunes installed, which means that less than 30% of them actually use it. And that's only the computer gamer category, i.e. young males who like technology and entertainment. I think you'll find there are more iPod owners among those than among pretty much any other segment.

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Lennie Member since:

It might not kill Windows, but it would (help) make Windows less important.

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