You can always count on Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, to run his mouth and offer unsolicited opinions about future technology. What did he say this time? That the world is not ready for cloud computing. Hm, are you sure about that Ballmer?
Google and Android have both let it be known that Cloud Computing is the main focus of Google's interests. With the release of Chrome and a huge emphasis on Google Gears, Google is strategically placing themselves at the forefront of Cloud Computing. Android is an extension of that ideal and we won't be at all surprised to see an Android version of Google Gears in the near future.
So Ballmer saying that the Cloud isn't something that consumers really want right now? Maybe he's right but once the platform begins to mature, you can count on Microsoft trying to emulate Google. Just like search.