I think the last one is the big plus for the future and for Canvas because educational institutions are going to
make huge savings in terms of hardware and skilled staff to maintain by not having to have their own servers or to install any software whatever - it's all accessible via a bog-standard browser and from any device. And, as Josh says, an application that is built for 'the cloud' (like twitter, gmail, skype and Canvas - and as opposed to something built, say, in the 1990s, and offering itself hopefully as 'cloud') will have the following qualities:
- Always up to date - no versions, or upgrades, continuous new features and bug-fixes
- Always provisioned (as I understand it, the application's response to demand from users) - no slow-downs and no overloads.
And 36 minutes in REALLY shouldn't work, but it does, sexy saxy maaan...