Living in the Cloud and Google OS
If you’ve been keeping up on your reading of tech blogs, then you can’t get away from all of the increased chatter over Google OS. Google continues to try revolutionizing the way we interact with the web. Google OS is going to change the way we work on a computer. Initially, the target will be netbooks and will change the way we think of the typical desktop. As Google explains:
For now, Google OS is not designed to be your main operating system. It’s just a fast way to get online, a simplified operating system that removes unnecessary software and opens the browser in a few seconds.
Google OS will keep everything you do in the cloud. Obviously, the suite of apps will be Google products. While the launch of Google OS is exciting, and plenty of blogs have covered the launch, it does bring about the question of living in the cloud.
Many people I know turn to the cloud for some portion of their daily interactions but still feel more comfortable and interact with a typical desktop. For example, I use Google Docs for documents that I want to share with others or that I want to be able to access any time (in addition to tools like Dropbox). For day-to-day documents, spreadsheets, and slide decks, I use iWork or Microsoft Office. Instead of sharing documents, I attach them to emails which then cause a long thread and confusion over the latest document version. I know that using cloud-based apps like Google Docs would solve this, especially for a company using the Google Apps environment. But, the challenge is that as a business society, we are still comfortable with doing the email thread method, even if we know it’s not the most productive.
Eventually we will all make the convergence fully to the cloud. If Google has any say in it, their push of Google OS will help to make that convergence even sooner.
Check out this video from Google to find out more about Google OS.
What are your thoughts on living in the cloud? What percentage of your time is spent using cloud-based apps versus desktop apps?
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