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Why Microsoft really, really, hates the cloud...

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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64

    Why Microsoft really, really, hates the cloud...

    This article is a month or so old, but thought it was interesting....

    Why this title? Have we not heard from top-level Microsoft officials the praises of Cloud Computing, around their Azure solutions?

    This text is anything but an anti-Microsoft pamphlet. It’s an analysis — cold, objective and financial — of the potential impacts of the Cloud Computing Tsunami on the finances of Microsoft.

    The Cloud decade has began in 2010; though it will take some time before we are able to visualize all its impacts, we can already see some first results:

    The ‘Sale’ sign, put by Microsoft on Office 2010, a product not yet available.
    Microsoft has also released the prices for Office 2010 in England, with a 30% price reduction over the 2007 version.
    And this is just the beginning …
    Almost at the same time, Steve Ballmer gave a one hour long conference at University of Washington, explaining that “Microsoft has over 70% of its developers working on cloud solutions”. In an internal email to Microsoft employees, he said that: “As a part of this, I request that you do the following:

    Watch the speech on demand here
    Learn more about our cloud offerings and how they relate to our overarching software plus services strategy here (unavailable outside Microsoft network)
    Review your commitments to ensure you are landing our vision with customers and partners.“
    So, now, you have two opposite views:

    Steve Ballmer’s, which explains why Microsoft “loves” the Cloud.
    Mine, which explains why Microsoft really hates the Cloud.
    More: Microsoft’s revenues threatened by the cloud …

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    Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 652
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Thanks Dave I'll have a read of the full article a bit later.
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    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)

    Yeah, thanks Dave, and here is hoping that the "Cloud" either drys up and goes away, or turns itself into a hurricane and blows itself out. Down with the "Cloud."
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  4. #4

    Aus, Gold Coast
    Posts : 250
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

    People are saying that the internet is getting too crowded already and we are running out off IP address what is going to be like when we get this cloud happening if it even kicks off.
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    Brooklyn, NY
    Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I don't see a problem with the cloud, as long as you're not entirely dependent on it. Services like Dropbox, for example, allow you to sync files and folders between 2 or more computers. That's useful. But things like the ChromeOS that's coming out from Google, that's not really useful. First of all, you're trusting all of your data to an third-party. Data that you would normally store offline, where you can keep track of it, becomes accessible by them. Putting that aside, you're going to need an internet connection wherever you are to be able to do anything, and even then, you're at the mercy of their servers for accessing your data. I don't mind using the cloud, I just don't think it can replace traditional computing.
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