Some are already slating it for being well – before it’s time (see related ReadWriteWeb article). Can we blame them? It doesn’t have local software applications, forget about storage and it needs a 3g or wifi connection to be at all productive.
But how far fetched is this vision of the future?
I already keep a backup of all of my files on Dropbox, I have two main email accounts both of which are stored on Google’s Gmail servers. Many of my other activities involve accessing and updating hosted blogs, networks and applications – none of which require locally stored data.
Whilst I still rely on collaborating and saving on my C drive, mostly word and excel documents, I also frequently make use of Google Docs where more complex collaboration is required. If I absolutely had to have Microsoft Office cross compatibility Office365 might make this possible.
In short, I have stealthily moved much of my life to the cloud already. The question that remains is around network connectivity. With the exception of a few journeys I think my laptop time is pretty much spent also connected to the Internet.
Then there is the upside- I’m unlikely to ever pick up a virus nor need much in the way of local storage or processing power. Cheaper computing and a laptop that starts immediately would be another huge plus. I would never need to understand the technical intricacies nor fail messages of Windows or Linux ever again. I can also forget about patches and software upgrades. Finally and perhaps most importantly, I’m unlikely to lose any of my data when my laptop dies nor leave my data for others to find (on a train, perhaps).
Head in the clouds or nod to the not too distant future? I’ll leave you to decide.
As always comments welcome.