RUMOR: Apple to take iWork ‘09 into cloud at Macworld Expo

“iWork is going into the Cloud,” Cleve Nettles reports for 9 to 5 Mac.

“Not just storage, either. We are talking interface for Numbers, Pages and Keynote,” Nettles reports.

“Yes,” Nettles reports. “The iWork applications are now going to be Web Applications.”

Full article here.

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  1. Apple? MacWorld? Cloud?
    Didn’t Apple already flip MacWorld Expo the bird?

    Since Apple already blew off MacWorld Expo, this seems pretty fishy, as far as rumors go.

    I DO NOT want my applications and data in or on anybody else’s friggin “Cloud”, thank you. I want my apps and data on MY Mac, on MY desk, in MY office. Keep your goddam cloud.

  2. The cloud.

    Cloud Computing.

    SaaS (Software as a Service)

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Back in the day, straight out of high school as a matter of fact, I went to work for a company that sold Time Sharing on old HP, GE, and DEC mini computers. We sold SaaS, only back then we called it “Time Sharing.” People would use dumb terminals to access our system either over dedicated lines or telephone lines.

    We typically sold access to accounting systems.

    Then the whole personal computer thing was “ignited by Apple” and companies discovered they’d rather have control of their own data and applications. Instead of dealing with us or in house MIS organizations, the accounting department had their own PCs.

    Now here we are 30 years later talking about doing the same old thing again, pretending that it’s new.

    My question is, and remains, if we start offloading all these functions into the cloud, who needs a quad processor laptop? The vast majority of people are back to only needing a dumb terminal.

    All your data and applications will reside with the service provider again.

    Watch closely who is selling the idea of the cloud.

    Cough {Microsoft} cough {IBM} cough {Google}.

    Cheap devices on our end and all the intelligence and processing power resides on their end.

    I for one don’t look forward to the “Brave New World” of the cloud.

    Been there, done that.

  3. don’t like the cloud….I like clear, sunny, skies…I like to know what apps I have, know where my data is, who gets to look at it, etc. Do what I want to do with my compute cycles…that is why I bought a “microcomputer” 30 years ago.
    There is no reason – from a users point of view – to take an app like iworks or office into the cloud; It makes the user too dependent on the invisible central IT in the sky – and I *run* an IT organization, so I have a bit of perspective.

    It is also a quick way to make a single user issue into a 100K user issue because of some network/server failure or f**kup.

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