I remember years ago I would get a new computer and so would begin the painful task of migrating over my applications, tracking down licence keys and
deregistering. Going through my files and trying to decide what is worth keeping and trying to remember how I had my system set up previously.
Not to mention the pain of trying to work with multiple machines (like a desktop and laptop)
The first major advancement came as applications moved to subscription models and services like Dropbox offered constant file syncing.
I was able to work across devices seamlessly, and upgrading to a new machine was far simpler the apps would download and install — No more looking for install DVD’s and licence keys.
I have always been OS monogamous, as the pain of changing was just too much and I was comfortable.
But the gab between OS’s is becoming much smaller as more and more applications are cross platform and a lot more is done in the ‘cloud’.
Data storage services are offering bigger and bigger allowances.
Big strides are being made to move CPU and GPU intensive apps to web, offering the computing power unparalleled to a Desktop.
Microsoft Office, Google Docs and now even Apples work apps offer browser based solutions.
Almost all my files are in the cloud across a host of services Dropbox, iCloud, Creative Cloud, Google, Amazon. I even use a couple for Archive storage like unsynced Dropbox folders and Amazon’s Glacier.
I have been trying out different systems lately, Windows, ChromeOS, Linux, Android and whilst I struggle with the different User Interfaces and my “mac habits” ultimately I can generally achieve same results.
Additionally the line between devices is becoming blurred.
The smartphone inched closer to the computer with tablets, and continues to do so with hybrids.