(Source – Jonathan Schwartz’s Blog.)
I posted an example of this picture(From a Sun MicroSystems Beta for OpenOffice) earlier in the Blog but saw it again yesterday and baulked. Fundamentally the picture misunderstands the cloud. Firstly it shows an application which is clearly based around a desktop computer installed with software – rather than software in the cloud… Secondly it suggests we would ever want to save away from the Cloud (Open/Save As) – yes we might want to cache locally in case our connection failed but this should be handled for us – not by us!). Thirdly it suggests that we need to know what the cloud is.
Look at Google Apps for much better example of the future.