Originally Posted by mrjminer
Interesting, I wasn't aware it used cloud connectivity; never bothered to care because I never had issues with it, but those are valid concerns.
I don't think they need to be big concerns, but are things people need to consider. If I was basically just at home, I might use Cloud only, just to keep things light at this end. But once I mix work in, and that I am in shared services and am quite often on the road, or at other sites, where I either have no internet connection, or can only score a guest account - it is a big consideration.
Our workplace uses all kinds of Cloud applications, run off a Citrix server. And they do work well, as long as the network is running. But I like to have hard copies of applications, or at least work-alikes, so I can work when the network is down for maintenance. With all of the renovations and construction that is going on at the sites, this is something fairly common. So even though I will use Word off of Citrix, I will also have Portable OpenOffice so I can do stuff - when the net is down, or if I am at remote sites where I can't access Citrix.
I am less keen about Cloud applications that let you edit movies - simply because in this country, Internet is being capped, throttled, inspected and metered. Cloud can be costly for those applications. It also depends on speed, because Citrix is only really usuable on a network with low latency and free of excessive traffic... Even in the workplace, I avoid loading applications at the rush hours, like around 9am - because it is slower than loading off of floppies. And our work order database at 3:30pm - guaranteed crashes, smart indexing, and frustration. Not that those things are problems with say, Live - but they can be if an ISP throttles and caps, and makes it useless. It's a balance, and for mail reading, I prefer a mail reader just because of the situations I find myself in.