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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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  • http://twitter.com/LevelTen_Colin Colin Alsheimer

    The idea of living in the cloud is, quite honestly, ideal. Having been through numerous hard drive crashes in the past, it would be nice to have all my data off of the local machine. That way, if anything were to crash or fail, it would be easy to grab another computer and log in to my sites, having all my data at my fingertips.

    Of course, that brings up the whole other beast of data security and the reliability of cloud based services… but that's for another post, and another comment.

  • http://primecutsblog.com justinlevy

    Absolutely! I agree that it is an ideal situation. As I mentioned, I try
    to move fully to the cloud but find it difficult especially when most other
    people I communicate with don't work from the cloud.

  • http://www.colinalsheimer.com Colin Alsheimer

    Agreed. That is difficult, and I'm generally in the same situation. I'd rather work off of my laptop then the networked desktop at work, use google docs over word, etc. Unfortunately, this isn't how the rest of the business world works yet.

  • http://primecutsblog.com justinlevy

    Exactly! Though I'm making headway and slowly converting more ;) Also, one
    thing that working from the cloud can be very useful for is allowing you to
    quickly switch computers or laptops. I just had to do it today and because
    I sync everything using Dropbox, Mozy and Google, it was simple and
    seamless.

  • http://primecutsblog.com justinlevy

    Exactly! Though I'm making headway and slowly converting more ;) Also, one
    thing that working from the cloud can be very useful for is allowing you to
    quickly switch computers or laptops. I just had to do it today and because
    I sync everything using Dropbox, Mozy and Google, it was simple and
    seamless.