i don't know the technology all that well. but it's still about working in a more conventional manner. conventional form factor, conventional apps....the lower maintenance aspect of the client device is a bonus. but at what cost as far as the backend infrastructure and the cost of client devices ? low maintenance and over the air control will be available for the mobile devices which rely on more web-centric services.
I don't see that, if it's done right. I think Wyse Zero Clients have hit the nail on the head with this one. Much simpler management and all the raw power of traditional fat clients. That said I'd much rather stream apps in their own protected virtual bubble than stream entire desktops. I also think streaming apps has more scope than cloud computing while providing much the same benefits.
i tend to agree with dhicks, that hosting an app on your own servers is a fine solution. i'm not advocating a 100% move to this amorphous 'cloud'.....merely that people are changing the way they work productively. once upon a time it was local email clients, now most people are happy with most webmail offerings which removed the need for locally installed clients. i'm sure the online web processing apps work fine for most people, but even with a small footprint device you can have locally installed versions of productivity apps. for what most people do, do you really need a several hundre megabyte or multi-gigabit local install. sometimes yes. but then that's why you haven't thrown your desktop or laptop away [or your thin client infrastructure if you want it to appear local] ;0)
The only time cloud based apps make sense to me is when you need to edit documents (photos, music, video, spreadsheet, whatever) from multple locations (home, school, travel lodge) and can't guarrenty always having the same software no matter where you. I don't think cloud based apps, or current internet speeds (especially with Virgin Media's throttling policy, grrrr), are good enough to make me want to use them as my primary editing tool.
Compare Google Docs or Zoho to OpenOffice for example.