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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

April 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Cloud computing invented during a lunch break

OK, so it’s a day after April Fool’s Day. But we still like this April 1 article from Windows IT Pro: “Cloud computing revealed as a hoax.”

According to the article, an Amazon Kindle marketing associate invented the cloud while on lunch break in 2008.

“We were all just sitting around in the break room,” the associate says in the article, “trying to figure out how to explain that all of Amazon’s Kindle titles were stored on a PC under my desk. I suddenly realized that, since no one would actually see my PC, the files could be anywhere–even up in the sky.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s reaction to the shocking revelation? “I knew it! I knew it! The whole idea was stupid from the start!” Windows IT pro quotes Ballmer as saying.

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