The cloud is here to stay. Steve Wozniak may have concerns about it, but it is here. And it isn’t going away.
The cloud has so many things to offer users. But what are some of those things?
What are ten clever uses for the cloud? These are not in order of priority.
1. Mint.com – What’s not to like? An easy to use interface on a free service that puts all your financial information in a single location and allows for multiple views of your data? It lets you view the state of your financial health.
2. Slide Shark - Got PowerPoint? Got iPad? Make the two have a better working relationship by using this slick service that optimizes your PowerPoint presentation for playback on a iPad. Just upload your existing PowerPoints from your computer to their service, install their client app on you iPad, and then present away.
3. Dropbox.com – Long time favorite here at TT. Makes file sharing/syncing among your computers and smart devices dead easy.
4. Expensify – This takes expenses reports to a whole new level of easy. Premium service even covers all the data entry from your receipts to online forms (first 10 are free each month). Very effective use of technology, with business user in mind.
5. Evernote - Ah, Evernote. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Seriously, this is a tool that takes gathering, retaining and then making use of information easy and useful. Free version is excellent, but the premium is worth every penny.
6. AutoCAD WS – If you use a computer for design purposes, you use AutoCAD. The WS part might be new to you though. That stands for “workspace”. This clever cloud service gives those using AutoCAD the ability to work where ever they can get on the net. Collaboration is easy too. Definitely worth a look for autoCAD users.
7. OnLive Desktop - Tablets are here to stay. iPad especially has found an amazing acceptance in the enterprise. OnLive Desktop gives tablet users access to a full range of Microsoft Office applications running via the cloud on their tablets. This one has caused sparks between Microsoft and the parent company. If you need to the familiar interface of MS Office apps on your tablet, this one’s for you.
8. Kindle Cloud Reader – Leave your Kindle at home but have your computer? No smartphone or tablet? No problem. If you can get on the Internet you can still read your Kindle ebooks thanks to Kindle Cloud Reader.
9. Amazon Cloud Player – See above, but replace music for ebooks. The advantages here are that you can stream your music where you want it via whatever Internet connected device you have. iOS apps for Amazon Cloud Player are now available as of July 2012.
10. Moo.com - Not alone in this genre, Moo.com makes it dead easy to turn your photos into some spiffy looking mini-cards, business cards, post cards, labels or greeting cards. But their interface alone makes them worthy of inclusion on this list.
There are tons of ways the Internet is becoming more useful. I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ways.
What have you found to be especially useful Internet sites?