Pros and Cons of the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud –

Here’s an excellent article published by It argues that as with any decision in life, there are generally pros and cons and moving to the Microsoft Office 365 cloud is no exception. It suggests that depending on whom you are talking with, the cloud is either the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel or a devilish ploy by big companies to wrestle away control of your data. Most importantly, the truth is that many people find that the benefits of the cloud greatly outweigh the detriments.

Source: Pros and Cons of the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud

The article sets out clearly six major advantages and two disadvantages in moving to the Office Cloud.

I switched across about two years ago and am very happy to pay Microsoft an annual subscription (also available monthly) for the latest software, resident on the web and a repository for my data. This is all seamlessly managed in the background, covering multiple devices.

If you’re a serious techy, there are perhaps other and cheaper solutions but they can be time-consuming and risky. Non-techies shouldn’t be ‘penny wise and Pound foolish’. Can you deal with dozens of computer security threats and risks, like trojans, viruses, worms, spyware, scareware etc.? highlights that Microsoft Office 365 Cloud outsources the hassle of installing, managing, patching, and upgrading extremely complex software systems.



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NHS Job Shop: “Working for Health” in Kentish Town. Closed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf’s analysis of the situation is a good one but there are several elephants in the room which have to be dealt with before his policies with popular appeal can be dealt with.

First, there is the future of work with AI and robotics, 3D printing and RPO threatening to destroy jobs and incomes faster than even a smart politician can create them. A strategy is required.

Second, there is the double-think of the public, many of whom want jobs to be earmarked for them but at the same time are not prepared to do the jobs that migrants do, and at the same time, are not prepared to raise their productivity (it fell again 2 weeks ago to just 21% below the average for the G7) and at the same time want immigrant numbers to fall with better border control.

Thirdly, we have the abusive pensioners and their fellow travellers, who think that they can go on using the NHS “free at the point of need” indefinitely.

Fourthly, there is the issue of Adult Social Care.

The bulk of the public do not want to care for their elderly relatives and are often unwilling and unable to pay for that care, as evidenced by the fact that many of them come into television studios crying crocodile tears at the treatment of their relatives in care homes, having first got their parents to sign over houses and bank accounts to them and then placed those parents in care homes many miles away from where they used to live.

The public have to get used to the idea of either paying for this care,nundertaking the care themselves or permitting euthenasia….The days of fence sitting and hand-wringing are well and truly over.

Overall, we have too many people in the UK, who are consuming much more than they produce to the point where perhaps what should be half the workforce is bludging the system.

It follows then that we have too few useful and productive citizens and that the system is geared towards rewarding bad and mendacious behaviours, which organisations like the BBC and the Guardian see as “rights”, when in fact they are nothing of the kind.

A new leader to replace May is needed now, and they will need to be telegenic, hard-headed realists that can deal with these 3 issues, solve youth unemployment and recreate self discipline in the population by delivering short sharp shocks (doing it slowly is not an option).

None of the present Cabinet is up to the job, so I advocate skipping several generations of so called “Big Beasts” and looking at people like Kwazi Kwarteng, who is switched on and can present difficult truths in a humourous way.

To pay for things we need new money from four sources:

  1. Infrastructure bonds or “super gilts”

2. Citizenship bonds to attract wealthy inward investors prepared to employ the indigenous population

3. Export sales from a quadrupled export salesforce equipped with instant translator devices

4. Tourism from wealthy tourists extending their stays and spending more money each day

The public sector is bloated, inefficient and corrupt, so we need to be draining the swamp by shrinking it into affordability, rooting out abuse and using forensic accountants to audit the bank accounts of officials, ministers and top people in the NHS, and the emergency services plus those of relatives, spouses, lovers, mistresses, companies and partnerships (here and abroad), which they and those connected to them may own.

We need to look at who is holding the country back and who is helping it and in that regard the monarchy helps but is overstaffed, the House of Lords hinders and should be abolished and replaced, the BBC tells lies and needs to be privatised and Channel 4 needs to be sold off.

In summary, in Dr Alf’s language, there’s an urgent need for radical reform.

John Gelmini