Re: Want to buy something - then I will sell it to you
The big boys are only promoting the cloud to secure the revenue stream. They don't want you hanging about 3 versions back on the OS or the Office productivity suite. They want subscription apps - pay per month forever. Yes you get the "latest and greatest" but you likely lose control over when upgrades and updates occur, and hence system stability, and you also lose pricing power as you can hardly just tell them to fuck off when they jack the prices. "We're moving to Linux/whatever" isn't much of a threat when you just stuck all your data in their hands.
MS is one example, Adobe is another. They're doing it for their benefit, not yours.