This is more curiosity than anything else, but what are the limitations of cloud storage? Could you install a program on it and run it from another computer? If so, would you be able to install a working operating system in the cloud?
You will not be able to install a traditional program in the cloud. It would either have to be a program designed to run in the cloud, or a portable program that you can just copy without installing. You will also need some operating system to connect to the cloud, so having an operating system there doesn't mean that you don't need a local one.
Cloud storage also introduces the limitations of internet speed and maximum storage capacity. The main limitation is that you need to have a connection constantly.
Is it due to hardware requirements for most software?
I think the limitation would be the internet connection and speed.
skydrive offers the most space of 7gb for free compared to google's drive and apple's icloud 5gb
It is not possible to install an operating system on a cloud storage or cloud provider and run it or your local machine without having a local operating system, yet.
If you want rather to install a traditional Windows or Mac or Linux application on the cloud you can just install it on your Dropbox or other cloud storage provider and you will be able to access it from any other synced computer.
^^^Is it possible to do things like this is my question^^^
Is is already possible to install a full operating system on Amazon Web Services and connect to it, this is called cloud computing.
What do you mean install a program on the cloud?
there are programs that work "with the cloud" called web services, web apps.
you cant install regular programs (ex. choose instead of program files dir. the dropbox dir.)
And then you can have a virtual machine on the cloud, I've seen a video with an iPad running windows 7 this way.
Finally OS tend to be more and more cloud oriented like windows 8.
ps: ha14 links look very interesting
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cloud storage depends on the plan you choose from free to shareware.
I know these exist, but I was wondering if you could install an application on skydrive or google drive.
i doubt that, they are not configured in this direction, perhaps portable applications?
Only apps(~addons) made for those storage service would be able to run on it.
Regarding limitations,besides internet connectivity,space and speed,privacy level is important limitations which you cannot control.