A cloudy future ahead?

Clouds by Karin Dalziel

The announcement this week from Google regarding the launch of the Chromebook, a simple and cheap netbook running on Google’s Chrome OS (effectively a laptop with a web browser), raises some interesting questions about the future of cloud computing and the state of the computer landscape.

The Chromebook will mean that users must access applications solely from ‘the Cloud’. Although this might seem like a radical shift for some, we must remember that many of us are already accessing email, photos, social networks and more from ‘the Cloud’, so perhaps this is a further step in the direction towards a purely cloud-based future?

I think another interesting aspect around this story is the simplicity the Chromebook will offer the user. By accessing everything from ‘the Cloud’, the computer experience is kept simple and identical wherever you are and with whatever devise you’re using.

Finally, is Google taking Microsoft head-on with this development? It’ll be interesting to see how they respond as things develop further.

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