I’ve been saying for quite a while, at least 5 years, that we aren’t far away from a time when your desktop computer will be little more than a browser, with all of your applications and data stored server side–somewhere out there.Â The day may be closer than you think according to the Wall Street Journal.
Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives — such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter. The service could let users access their files via the Internet from different computers and mobile devices when they sign on with a password, and share them online with friends. It could be released as early as a few months from now, one of the people said.
I think this is a good and bad thing.Â Good because it will open up the ability to store and share information between individuals.Â Bad in that Google is the entity doing it.Â As far as I can imagine, no competitor has both the resources and the power to do it.Â Microsoft?Â Maybe, but they are going in so many directions and have their fingerss in a lot of pies.Â Google is web focused.