Well the cloud certainly got another black eye with the Netflix and other services going down briefly (not Microsoft’s fault by the way).  But the newsworthiness of Netflix having a service outage does point to the importance of the cloud and devices.  I am on vacation at a resort in the middle of no where in northern California.  There is no cell service and limited sms access, but there is WiFi.  As a result, I was able to get my Netflix fix along with making a few calls via Skype and the WiFi on my cellphone.  Nice.  Nothing really special, but just how does C++ and DirectX fit into this model. 

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