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Steve Ballmer Talks About "Windows Cloud"  (View post)

Michael Kuhn [PersonRank 1]

Thursday, October 2, 2008
11 years ago3,777 views

"Windows Cloud" a.k.a. "botnet"? :-p

Sam [PersonRank 3]

11 years ago #

"and now Google boss Steve Ballmer said some interesting things"

Google Boss Steve Ballmer? Interesting Thing.

Brian [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

"...and now Google boss Steve Ballmer said..."

that will be the day.

imma [PersonRank 3]

11 years ago #

umm, 'Google boss Steve Ballmer' ?
*looks worried*
*very worried

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Hah. Fixed, thanks :)

Mikey [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Good to know that Mr. Ballmer's goal is to obsolete himself and his company.

Good luck. Hope it happens very soon.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"why doesn’t Microsoft just secretly prepare this tool, in order to keep its strategy hidden from competitors? Why do they announce instead of deliver?"

If they're launching it in just 4 weeks, it must have been in development for a long time already. So there wouldn't be a reason to be concerned about announcing it right now so people know it's coming. If the news is going to leak out anyways, why not push it out yourself?

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> If they're launching it in just 4 weeks, it must have been
> in development for a long time already.

You can't assume that.

Microsoft is known for trying to "turn on a dime". For all we know, the idea was only dreamed up the day after they saw the release of Chrome. As Steve Ballmer says, they haven't even made up a name for it yet ("but let’s just call it for the purposes of today Windows Cloud").

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

If it boots quickly and it's cheap I'll use it..... to use Google Mail/Docs/Reader/Maps

Seriously, whys M$FT doing this? They have hardly any online apps!

macbeach [PersonRank 6]

11 years ago #

A couple years ago MS was quite open about setting up mega-data centers and comparing themselves with Google in that regard. Only most of their online efforts have failed so I'm guessing they have buildings full on underutilized servers.

Will more people buy Office to get this feature? Or will fewer people defect? Will they continue to maintain and enhance a version of Office for Apple computers? iPhone compatibility?

Maybe they will make ads pop up as you use Word now. Or they will raise the price of Word. Microsoft will have to work in ways they have never had to work before to make this pay for itself. Their profit margins will go down and stockholders who haven't figured this out already will beging to notice.

Business authors take notes... there is material for a book here.

Andy [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Micro$oft is always late. they never innovate anything , just wait when People innovate something they will happily copy . BTW Google Docs is ok But Zoho.com 's Online Office suite is way tooo much better . i read some where GE is now ditching Google and use Zoho's online office for its system . what do u people thing who is good Google docs or Zoho.com

Rick [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Why doesn't MS release an online version of Office?

Well, why is Google Docs a small subset of Office's feature set? Or Zoho? Because doing many of the most common things is relatively easy but delivering a lot of the rest is much harder. It's not as if it will ship the day MS decides to put the full Office suite online or even within a year. It may take 2, 3 or more years.

Add to that market and customer confusion – should a corporation renew its desktop licensing agreement or go cloud? What if most of the people in the company would be fine with the cloud version, but 20% wouldn't? And what does moving to a cloud version entail for MS's revenues? Does a move into the cloud encourage or enable a move away from Windows on the desktop? If so, what does THAT look like for the company?

MS is in the position of having to deal with those issues while neither Google nor Zoho nor any of the other players in cloud office software are. It's a very tough set of issues and MS doesn't move that fast anymore.

Paul [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Andy, for your king information, no matter how untrue, Google is perceived as an innovator – they really are not innovating at all! In fact, they are doing exactly what Microsoft did in the 80s and 90s: Create 20% of the stuff that 80% of people want and make it super easy to use! Microsoft beat Lotus, Word Perfect, Novell and other competitors using this same strategy.

Paul [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Need ur feedback guys!!

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