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70% of Microsoft Staff are Working on the Cloud

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Steve Ballmer has said Microsoft is "betting the company" on cloud computing. He also offered some very interesting numbers with regards to how much of the company is focusing on cloud-related projects.

Speaking yesterday at the University of Washington, Steve Ballmer told students that the cloud has always been a source of tension at Microsoft and there's a lot of unrealized potential. Ballmer revealed that at the moment, 70 percent of Microsoft employees are working on cloud-related project. In a year's time, that number will have jumped to 90 percent. “We’re all in,” PaidContent cites the CEO as saying. “This is the bet for our company.”

Cloud computing is something a lot of people have no faith in. Trusting an outside source with all of your information is risky, and keeping a back up of all your documents sort of defeats the purpose of cloud storage. Do you think there will ever be a time when you trust the Cloud with your work? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more about Ballmer's speech here.

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    jossrik , March 5, 2010 1:15 PM
    I don't trust clowns at all.
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    Hilarion , March 5, 2010 1:13 PM
    Not a chance in hell with the likes of Microsoft and Google wanting to take charge of MY data.....
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    bob s , March 5, 2010 1:22 PM
    Its not Cloud Storage from a reliablity standpoint that I have a problem with. I, like others, don't trust cloud privacy. Too many companies like to act as big brothers and look at everything.
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  • 31 Hide
    Hilarion , March 5, 2010 1:13 PM
    Not a chance in hell with the likes of Microsoft and Google wanting to take charge of MY data.....
  • 33 Hide
    jossrik , March 5, 2010 1:15 PM
    I don't trust clowns at all.
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    jonathan1683 , March 5, 2010 1:17 PM
    I doubt it, it depends on the data really. I can't see myself giving them all my photos and what not. I do not want people going through my personal files which is bound to happen.
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    jeverson , March 5, 2010 1:19 PM
    So... Microsoft will be going under in just over a years time... hmm... interesting... I think someone has been replacing their non-dairy creamer with another powdery white substance... cloud computing will be a part of the future... but it won't be the future
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    zoemayne , March 5, 2010 1:21 PM
    cloud computing will be a success for businesses to save cost on computing costs and IT staff but for home use It is not needed. It wont be that much of a success for home users I hope.
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    LORD_ORION , March 5, 2010 1:21 PM
    No faith. This is an old model that originally failed, and persoanl computers are a hell of a lot more powerful now.

    The reason and potential they are talking about is control and profit.

    1) They are going to kill computer advances for users, thus forcing you to pay premiums for sub-par processing. (Atom and entourage)
    2) They are going to jack the prices of all powerful servers that will be sold to corporations to power cloud apps.
    3) They are going to start being as invasive as google when it comes to your personal info and what kind of money they can make from it.

    FIGHT THE POWER!
    DESTROY ALL BABYBOOMERS!
    :D 
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    bob s , March 5, 2010 1:22 PM
    Its not Cloud Storage from a reliablity standpoint that I have a problem with. I, like others, don't trust cloud privacy. Too many companies like to act as big brothers and look at everything.
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    flyinfinni , March 5, 2010 1:22 PM
    I will never be in with cloud computing. I want to keep my own data on my own hardware. I hate storing it somewhere else.
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    bydesign , March 5, 2010 1:25 PM
    Hell no isn't the recent Google/China hacking event not clear enough. No accountability, no security and no control over you own data. Please pass whatever you’re smoking over here. Only a retard would trust the cloud.
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2010 1:28 PM
    But how many of them are working FROM the cloud?
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    dman3k , March 5, 2010 1:30 PM
    So you trust your data to facebook over Google or Microsoft?
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2010 1:31 PM
    jossrikI don't trust clowns at all.



    Thanks for the giggle,

    Cloud is definately the way forward for all the millions of poor people who really do not think about privacy!

    No not me thanks microsoft. Besides, this is good, further away from traditional desktop use the more room and scope for Linux to support our desktops, come on linux for the Gaming already!!
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    Hilarion , March 5, 2010 1:33 PM
    LORD_ORIONNo faith. This is an old model that originally failed, and persoanl computers are a hell of a lot more powerful now.

    This is the reason they want to force us to the cloud. To take the power of personal computers away from the people and get it back into their hands where they can "monetize" it and rip us off so much more efficiently.

    "Oh, you haven't paid your cloud bill this month? We are holding your data for ransom until you pay it or our hold time is up whereupon we will auction it off to the highest bidder. Have a nice day!"

    Oh and it was the "original" model back in the day... And it was supremely expensive then also and very unfriendly to use.

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    memeroot , March 5, 2010 1:34 PM
    0.0001% of staff should be working on transfering my live account from the uk to the netherlands rather than knocking me off xbox live!!!

    what utter c*nts.
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    lradunovic77 , March 5, 2010 1:37 PM
    If we get forced to move to cloud computing, i am going to burn my computer and never use it. Cloud computing is the most retarded idea ever. Speaking of Facebook, i hate that crap too never used it and i will never use it.
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    cadder , March 5, 2010 1:45 PM
    Cloud computing might make sense for some people and some uses. I don't see it for myself or my company though.

    I remember the days when we would punch cards, hand them to some zoned out guy behind a counter, wait and wait for a printout to magically appear. Then one day computers got smaller and cheaper and we could all have our OWN! No more sharing with someone else, no more waiting, no more wondering when we would get our results, the computer was there to serve its owner immediately.

    Now you want us to go back to the old way?

    PLUS the fact that most places the internet is very unreliable. I have home internet and business internet with major internet suppliers and they are not reliable. I travel a little bit and always take my computer. Internet connection beyond my house and office is very unreliable. So getting to data and apps would always be questionable. But MY OWN computer always works for me.
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    Tomtompiper , March 5, 2010 1:46 PM
    I'll start using the cloud when they give me direct access to all of their data. Quid pro quo.
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    mjello , March 5, 2010 1:49 PM
    No way not ever
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2010 1:51 PM
    I will never trust any of my files with any online company. Not even if they are password protected and encrypted. Not a week goes by without hearing of a company getting hacked and losing their customer data.
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    mdillenbeck , March 5, 2010 1:53 PM
    Of course, if Microsoft pushes everyone into the cloud then Google might just get a chance to displace them... especially with Google's "3 years to irrelevant desktops" statement and the reaction to that, no way the cloud is taking over.

    My prime examples to trusting the cloud? Kindle and 1984. Apple and the app store (wifi sniffers, adult apps, approval process). Both these show that once you trust a 3rd party company to control your data, you may get royally screwed.
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