Steve Ballmer’s Thoughts on Cloud Computing

Posted by David Bowermaster 
Administrator, Microsoft on the Issues

In late January, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on the burgeoning field of cloud computing.  Brad outlined specific industry and legislative actions that Microsoft believes should be acted upon promptly to advance the potential of cloud computing, while protecting users’ privacy and enhancing the security of their data.

Today in Seattle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a broader look at cloud computing in a speech at the University of Washington.  Steve discussed what’s ahead for computing, generally, with a particular focus on how cloud computing will change the way people and businesses use technology. Here is a video of the speech, which was delivered in the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.

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Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is extremely interesting, but I need a Geek to  tell me if I need to worry about privacy and easy intrusion to my life and thoughts.  Please keep this in mind as you grow your cloud. "user in control" button  is good idea.  Maybe I need a cloud on and off off button.  Perhaps You could sell PC's with all the cloud technology and leave the rest of us at Microsoft 7 or 8.  I have been listening to Steve as I write and I believe you are already considering these things.  Who am I to be talking to you? A dummy who should be in bed, that's who.    Good night!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Cloud computing is the future and I am not surprised that Microsoft is embracing this technology. It is essential people are fully educated about the technology so they don't feal their privacy is being encroached upon. Many of us are already making full use of cloud computing just think about Hotmail/Live mail, this is cloud technology.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Indeed, Cloud Computing is what John McCarthy once said that "computation may someday be organized as a public utility".

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