In today’s world our computers have become an inseparable part of our daily lives. We take them with us everywhere we go in one form or another. This constant availability to technology has created an environment where we are always connected to the important data of our lives.
One of the major advantages of having technology at our finger-tips is that we always have access to our favorite movies, photos, music and more. When traveling, we never have to be without important documents, out of touch with friends and family members, or be without the latest news and current events. Of course, with all this connectivity we also need tools and services to keep everything straight and easy to use. One of the most important developments in that regard has been the “cloud”.
Cloud computing is a term that is used to refer to the storage of information on internet based servers rather than local storage devices. A person can access data from any connected device that has been given permission to do so and, if needed, has the right software installed. Some services and functions require you to install specialized programs, while others simply are used through portals accessible from your internet browser.
Some of the more popular cloud-based services are photo and music sharing sites. These services allow you to back up your photos and share them with others, with only a few clicks of the mouse. It is no longer necessary to “zip” photo files, use complicated compression formats, or wait for pictures to be printed out and mailed to loved ones. Uploading files and giving permissions to your friends and family is an easy task that will allow them to view your latest pictures from their systems.
Another very active component of cloud computing is the virtual office. Services such as Google apps, allow you to keep all of your office suite applications available anytime you need them, from any connected device. You can do just about anything with one of these services that you could do with desktop-based software, such as write documents, work with spreadsheets and even create slide show presentations.
These systems are also tied to social networking and the cyber-life trend that is becoming popular. These social networking services take advantage of the power of the cloud to make sharing, connecting and experiencing information much easier than ever before.
Adding a computing system that is specifically designed to be versatile and flexibility is the logical evolution of the hyper-connected, everywhere tech life that we have developed in our modern society. These are only the first stages of the ever expanding technological demands that are being addressed by developers and programmers. As new demands are placed on systems, they will continue to evolve to meet the needs of consumers.
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