David Churbuck says that (aka “the cloud”) needs to alleviate the “nasty, stupid experience” of migrating from an old PC to a new one. I’m a Mac guy and agree. Electronic devices are near disposable, but the data and apps they carry (and we rely on) are not. We need data and apps to freely flow among devices, with proper security and management controls, of course.
And that means far more than just PCs. We need the cloud to power mobile devices as well. Here’s an example of why: Sprintâ€™s service technicians fully cracked the back casing lock on my Blackberry. â€œEverythingâ€™s fine, donâ€™t worry, weâ€™ll get you a new one at no charge,â€ they reassured. Iâ€™m a heavy user of Gmail, Google Maps and TwitterBerry among other apps; I also maintain a large personal contact database, which syncs with my Mac’s email client. Downloading all the apps again, setting them up, and reinstalling all my personal contacts was a big hassle and killed many hours. Oh, yeah, then there was all the basic user reconfiguration for the Blackberry — a painful experience because the navigation system gets more cryptic as your settings requirements become more detailed. (How do I change the ring tone?) There ought to be a single code I can enter to enable a mobile cloud re-install and re-activation of my applications, databases and settings to any approved device. I believe thing will eventually get better over the next few years, but they’re first going to get a lot worse.
What do you think?