My kid will never install software from a disc, thumb drive or any other medium. He will grow up in a world where all functionality he wishes to expand his device to, whether it be his tablet, communicator (what’s a phone?), large screen display or set top box (what’s a gaming console?) will be available via download. (Yes, I left out laptop/netbook, because I don’t know if my kid will ever need one.)
Last week I had the impulse to update my ailing PC laptop to Windows 7 from Vista. I had to burn gas in my car to drive to Staples/Best Buy/Target/Whatever to purchase a plastic, shrink wrapped box (of which there were 8 versions to choose from) which contained a holographically edged DVD in it. I injected my laptop with said DVD at approximately 11am. About 5 hours later, the Operating System of my laptop was updated. Hooray.
This is unacceptable.
My son’s tablet (currently an iPad, reluctantly shared with my wife) and his communicator (currently an iPod, also shared with my wife — although not yet used for communication) can update their OS’s (if you still want to call them that) in less time than it takes to microwave a bag of popcorn.
My communicator (currently an HTC Incredible), my wife’s moto Droid, our PS3, Wii, etc… these all update very quickly as well. With nothing to handle, just approving updated user agreements, you get the latest backdrop of software (OS) from the manufacterer/carrier right away. No discs to handle. No need to drive anywhere to buy something. It comes straight from the source — an it’s always up-to-date. The same goes for the apps/widgets/channels we now install.
You get the idea. Cloud based OS’s are the future. Companies and the devices that don’t run on them are not.
Photo Credits: “Shattered CD”, by Illuminating Distractions on Flickr