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Windows 7: R.I.P. Microsoft Office.

02 Apr 2010   #31
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Another emphatic vote NO for the cloud.

The one insanely great feature of it: Being able to use your personal software and files from any computer at any time. This is like the dream from which the cloud utopia spings.

The insanely bad feature of it: As everyone else but the cloud pushers have noticed. Requiring a constant, highspeed internet connection to do ANYTHING is just not going to fly. It /may/ work in an internal private cloud network, but not for roaming or home users.

I'll have to say, the day that MS Office goes cloud-only is the day Open Office will take over the world.


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05 Apr 2010   #32
Ruudfood

Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
 
 

Just a few questions from me:
- anyone here do internet banking? Or even online shopping? Are you worried about security?
- when was the last time you couldn't get an internet connection and how long did that last?
- when was the last time your preferred mail server went down?

So what's the big deal? Security? Connectivity? Reliability? I'm sure they're all covered.

I don't expect many consumers will be using the cloud but for businesses it would make perfect sense.
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05 Apr 2010   #33
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ruudfood View Post
Just a few questions from me:
- anyone here do internet banking? Or even online shopping? Are you worried about security?
Do both regularly, and never worried about either much. Opera has the best security available, from encryption to private tabs.
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- when was the last time you couldn't get an internet connection and how long did that last?
It would seem to me, that if a person wasn't able to get online, they wouldn't be able to access the Cloud either.
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- when was the last time your preferred mail server went down?
In the 3 years that I have been using it, I think that it went down once, and that was only for a couple of hours. If I had anything that was especially urgent, I have another account that I could use.

I simply do not see the need or practicality for the Cloud.
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05 Apr 2010   #34
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ruudfood View Post
Just a few questions from me:
- anyone here do internet banking? Or even online shopping? Are you worried about security?
- when was the last time you couldn't get an internet connection and how long did that last?
- when was the last time your preferred mail server went down?

So what's the big deal? Security? Connectivity? Reliability? I'm sure they're all covered.

I don't expect many consumers will be using the cloud but for businesses it would make perfect sense.
Answering your questions in order

Yes I do do online banking and I actually run an online shop; I'm paranoid about security and change my online banking password on a very regular basis, I considered using a Visa/MasterCard based solution for selling stuff on my online store but decided that having PayPal as a middle man would be safer for me and the customers.

The last time I couldn't get an internet connection at home was last year and it lasted 4 days!!

The last time my preferred mail server went down was December last year because of that I moved my email hosting to Google Apps.

I run a business and if you're used to end of month invoicing you'll know what I mean when, IT JUST WOULDN'T BE FAST ENOUGH!!, and if by accident my invoicing files fell into the wrong hands or got lost online well who knows how much money I'd lose.
I make a physical backup of all my business stuff at the end of every day so I know that in the morning if my computer runs out of puff and dies on me its not that big a deal.

Oli
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05 Apr 2010   #35
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ruudfood View Post
Just a few questions from me:
- anyone here do internet banking? Or even online shopping? Are you worried about security?
- when was the last time you couldn't get an internet connection and how long did that last?
- when was the last time your preferred mail server went down?

So what's the big deal? Security? Connectivity? Reliability? I'm sure they're all covered.

I don't expect many consumers will be using the cloud but for businesses it would make perfect sense.
Yep, do both online banking and shopping - good adherence to security issues so am not worried but keep my wits about me
Internet outage has sometimes lasted up to 3/4 hrs but it's a rare occurrence.
I use webmail - Yahoo so see above

HTH.
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05 Apr 2010   #36
DarkDavil

7 x64/ Back-Track 4
 
 

Well - I think its really great. Except for the security. Who's to say that a gov. can't demand to Google or some other major cloud company in the future to see all of your files and etc., and there's also those super-duper underground hacking gods...
No internet = FAIL
Security = Questionable
Success = Nope.
I think as of the moment my "Cloud" is my gmail and yahoo mail accounts - i always email myself important school files so that if i loose the copy i printed - i always have backup.
So i think that works - but everything is just a disaster waiting to happen.
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05 Apr 2010   #37
WiFi Ed

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1, Ubuntu 11.04 x64
 
 

No cloud apps for me I think...

If I need to access a document from anywhere on the planet I'll just access my Live Mesh/SkyDrive/Google Docs, etc. online folders (through WiFi - 3/4G broadband - LAN) and open the file with whatever version of Office is on my notebook.

If I can't get there using the above technologies, I'm probably in a place where I don't need or want to look at the docs anyway
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05 Apr 2010   #38
Positrondave

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hell my place of work just "upgraded" to Office 2007. You say "cloud" they look in the sky. Businesses adopting cloud technology is a long way off.
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05 Apr 2010   #39
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Smoke makes clouds. I think this guy is far off base. Reminds me the 80's when Unix was supposed to be taking over the world.
Ditto on that, then it was Server / Client in other words the Server would run all the applications and the client was a dumb terminal. IBM was a huge push on the dumb terminal would be the only thing around by 1995....hummm I guess not. For us the dumb terminals died about 1998, it took that long to get rid of all them and afford to replace them.
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05 Apr 2010   #40
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Positrondave View Post
Hell my place of work just "upgraded" to Office 2007. You say "cloud" they look in the sky. Businesses adopting cloud technology is a long way off.
Exactly.
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