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  • Donace | TheNexus

    That is ofc a a valid argument. Though I feel that the convenience granted by online applications, i.e. accessibility, you cant ‘lose’ the cd or scratch it. You cant ‘misplace’ a cdkey or have to worry about downloading and installing the latest updates and you dont have to worry about backing up.

    THAT is what I feel are the key driving points for online software clouds and as it will be all handled server side the demand for greater and better hardware end user side will decrease meaning that it would more accessible to the masses due to the even lower entry cost. (i’m thinking it will be all hunky dory to use a $100 notebook to run it all once this tech has matured).

    The hardware manufacturers would not loose out as there will always be a demand for the greater / bigger better version of their hardware by the distribution companies who would readably pick up the new hardware at the higher prices as selling to commercial entity is more profitable in the long run anyway.

    The readiness and cash reserves available are more promising then just the ‘elite’ who at the moment buy the top range as opposed to in the ‘deemed future’ where, as mentioned these providers will be a greater marketshare and in turn vastly more profitable.

    Thats my view any way…Bring on the clouds and fantastic end user interfaces!

  • @Donace

    Who said that software has to follow CD model? :) How about software that would spread through your house from PCs to microwave in the kitchen? Split itself into modules and duplicate to ensure integrity?

    Server side is nice until it hits you with crappy browsers compatibility and ridiculous bill for mobile Internet.

    Yes, hardware will become cheaper but not because it is cloud-driven but because excessive computing power will no longer make sense. My new processor is top of mid class (E5300) and I see it going to low clock while playing HD video which is considered hottest resource hungry task now (in consumer sector).

    I can’t even imagine what would computing be like if instead of making bigger and badder focus was on making smaller and cheaper. I think big names sensed that flow is changing – so much rapid interest in system-on-a-chip, green, low power consumption, etc.

    Cloud will emerge but I don’t think it will be everything (at least not for decade or two). It will be more like module to the software, additional vector to tie hardware separated physically into local smart home type systems.

    PS I love when someone responds to my thought dumps. Makes my day tiny bit better. Keep comments coming, people. :)

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