Im still reserving judgement on the cloud, depending on which one of these 3 ways they go:
These Options and any Opinions represented are entirely my own, you may not agree with my opinion but i ask you to respect it
1. The Best Option: You have an OS with "Basic" functions (text editing etc.) enabled, and all applications are stored but the "big piracy" targets (Games, etc.) are "authorised" by the cloud for you to use when you open them, until then although they reside on your PC they cant be used without a "key" from the cloud, which is good for say a week before needing reauthorisation (this would also solve the "what if im away from the internet" problem) Possibly the OS itself could need a weekly (or monthly?) check in too to combat Piracy. All personal Documents and Data are stored on the Local Machine, as it is basically a PC as we know it, just requiring the cloud to "clear" it for use
2. The Most Likely Outcome: Applications are on the cloud and are accessed "remotely", but personal documents are stored on the Local Machine, our PC's effectively become just data storage modules, certainly there is alot of data about me I would NEVER allow out there. this of course presents a problem to machines which do not go online/ are away from an Internet Access point, and will run our internet bills sky high, as they are at the moment.
3. the Damn Stupid Option (and therefore probably someone will try this): EVERYTHING is cloud based, applications, documents etc. 2 weeks after "Windows Cloud" Launches, Microsoft are hacked, and millions of people are left bankrupt from having their personal details stolen, Microsoft go bust and Apple become the new Gods of the Personal Computer World, until the launch of "OSX Online" and so the pattern continues.