Office 2.0: The downside

Office 2.0: The downside

Summary: With the Office 2.0 conference coming up this week, I thought this error message from Yahoo Mail provided an apt example of one of the key issues related to cloud computing.

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With the Office 2.0 conference coming up this week, I thought this error message from Yahoo Mail provided an apt example of one of the key issues related to cloud computing. Sometimes the connection gets lost. That's not to say that an on premises mail server can't go down, but my expections are for no unannounced down time. Right now I have 13 new messages in my Yahoo Mail that I cannot access. I keep hitting reload and get the same Error #1 message--so far about 30 minutes of inaccessible mail. If you can't count on one service provider, the switching costs are low.  And, I will not encourage key contacts to send emails to multiple mailbox accounts. Although I have been using Yahoo Mail for as long as its been in existence, if Yahoo can't keep its servers up, I will switch to my Gmail account. In the cloud of Office 2.0, quality of service will increasing be a factor in who gets the users' loyalty. Oh, and Yahoo Mail is finally back up.

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  • I'm really sceptical

    The concept of only being able to work or be productive while on line in reality seems to fly in the face of being mobile. I have traveled the southeastern US for 20+ years and being mobile, productive and constantly having internet access are almost mutally exclusive.

    My $.02 worth.
    Wtrman1@...
  • Skeptical as well

    I'm a mobile tech support person. I can't count how many times I have had information inaccessible either because the service was down, or I was out of range.
    I've also been involved with the IT industry since 1976. Many are the times I've seen Big ideas falter in practical use. Several years ago, IBM's Global Services shut down all of Lucent's individual on-site helpdesks and consolidated it all into a call-center in Boulder, CO. Desktop support was still on-site, but all calls to the helpdesk went to Colorado. To receive calls, we were suppost to long into a website to pick up calls, and put the resolutions. Net result...Callers got long wait-times, and we could not get into the website because it was overloaded. My solution? Log into the website at 0200 in the morning, download all the calls into a palm-pilot, work the calls next day, log in at 0200 the next night and put in the resolutions, and pull down the next days' work.
    The Web might be great for collabrative work, but I don't want ALL my email out there, nor all my text documents, etc. My own Hard Disk will be fine, thank you...
    "Think globally, act locally!!"
    davkbod@...