From the sound of it, it's yet another 'thin client' solution.
Nothing much new there, as the article noted.
Funny in a way. 50 years ago, the only way to use a computer was to rent time on a fairly dumb terminal connected to a mainframe and run your programs from there. Then along came the personal computer revolution which pulled the power away from corporate behemoths like IBM and Sperry-Rand and handed it over to the users. (Microsoft and Apple should know a bit about that since they were material in bringing it to be.)
However, now it's 2013, and it looks like Apple and Microsoft (and all the other advocates of personal computing freedom like Google) are doing their best to return our computing landscape to exactly what it was in 1968. Except with better graphics, fancier games, and online shopping.
Rather ironic if you think about it. When Apple introduced the Macintosh, their historic ad said that, thanks to them, 1984 would not be like 1984.
And they were right...
But it's sure looking more and more like 2014 will be.
At least if if Microsoft and Apple have anything to say about it.