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New poll: What do you think of iCloud for document storage?
Authored by: rbsandkam on Aug 14, '12 01:41:04PM

Here's the thing that occurs to me.

Apple is not going to roll out a service like iCloud without bringing OSX to the table.
For one thing, iCloud goes beyond raw storage.
We all use it to back up our devices, use the Find My device feature, sync our contacts and calendars, etc...

But realistically, Apple is focusing on (and making a ton of money from) iOS devices.
The iCloud document storage model works for iOS devices, where most of the time, you will open a document with the App that created it.
I am not saying that this is always the case on an iOS device;
But, it is the case most of the time, for most iOS users.
The document-centric workflow problems which iCloud presents on OSX are specific to a set of users that are on a platform (OSX) for which iCloud is not the primary target.

Does that make it right? Probably not.
Does it explain why it works the way it does? Most certainly.

Users, for whom this model does not work will use SkyDrive, or Dropbox, or Box, or whatever.
The rest will not even notice or care.

Given this reality, should iCloud be the default OSX save location just because you log in to your iCloud account? Definitely not.
That is something Apple should fix.



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