I know you all are DYING to know my opinion about this whole

"Billion dollars worth of software" mucky muck from the Durr Star out of Redlands.

First, 

I know i used this gif before, but it didn’t have the text :).

ESRI is operating on fuzzy math here, what they are doing is giving every student access to AGOL.  

So there are roughly 66 million primary and secondary  students in the United States, which means if each and every child uses the services they get an “unlimted” AGOL account for 15 bucks.  I’m sure there will be limites and governors on geocoding and geoprocessing.  Not that they won’t be able to do it, but they’ll be limited by how much they can push across.

All this is is ESRI creating a photo op and leveraging a pre existing framework that can be easily spin up and spin down.

Sure, it will cost them some extra bucks in Amazon time, and bandwidth, but its not like they’re taking a major it.

2014.

In 2010 some company did something, who was it hmmmm,….

Oh yeah Google Fusion Tables.  Which basically has the same process as AGOL, and this is free to EVERYONE.  No fan fare, no Obama photo op, Google just did it.

And if you include temporal data, you could make your own Mapstory..D’oH Story Map (sorry Chris, I didn’t mean to step on your copyright)… in 2010

New slogan for ESRI

ESRI, now only 4 years behind Google.

Now if you excuse me, I need to figure out how to plug in a usb