Here’s an interesting news article going back a couple of days ago from the Guardian newspaper (online edition) here in the UK.
In yet another step to convergence in the “cloud” Google is alleged to be launching a new service this year called the Google Drive or GDrive. The Guardian writes that this new service will potentially kill off the desktop PC as we know it (ie: locally saved personal files and no requirement for an OS). I feel that, at least at this early stage, any such offering from Google will only offer half of this, in the form of the saving of personal files into their cloud. That said, I suppose if you only used GMail, Google apps and the GDrive (for the storage of your files) then all that would be required is a desktop with an internet browser and no full-blown OS such as Windows XP, Vista or Mac OSX.
With Google being the custodian of even more of your personal data is this a good thing from a personal data security standpoint and/or is this a case of putting all your eggs in one basket? I’m sure they’ll be some great debates in the industry if/when the GDrive comes online.
In the meantime here are some other recent links to articles covering Google’s ‘maybe’ (though likely) GDrive: