I was born of the days when the Amiga was king. I remember writing homework on floppy disks, and of how frequently they failed. When my mother took an MA, her disk failed. It lost months of work completed in the spare time found around raising a family.
I have often read that we will struggle to read office files in even the near future. Microsoft want us to rent access to our files, which is a tiresome move at best. However, what intrigues me is the increasing issue of archived .pdf files on the internet.
Essentially, organisations are uploading huge numbers of .pdfs that are never read. For example, the World Bank have a third of files which are literally never downloaded. Is this an issue? Maybe not so much as the Office rent factor…
More to read if of interest: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/09/pdf-graveyards-never-downloaded-world-wide-web
Maybe no-one will click that link, ever!