One of the biggest things to hit the technological world since the computer itself has to be the cloud. Starting out as a near mythical concept that had a dreamlike quality, computing using the cloud is transforming everything from software companies to computer users at home. Every sector from Wall Street to the Web has been effected by the changes in the technological world. Some of the changes in 2012 include the growing rate of investing in cloud services, Microsoft’s application of the cloud for Office 365 and the direct influence of the cloud on home computer users.
Changing the Way Home Users Compute
Amy Freeland of NTTcom explores the ways that the cloud is affecting tech services for home users. From providing online backupto allowing users to print from anywhere, cloud computing has revolutionized the way computer users operate. Other services users now have thanks to the cloud include:
Online unlimited music, photograph and video storage with access even if a computer crashes
Optimized Internet shopping even during the busiest shopping days
Connectivity via the cloud; no more syncing via USB between email, smart phone, computer and tablet
Investments in Cloud Services
Tim Beyers of Daily Finance notes that services related to the technological cloud are on the rise. According to the Gartner research study, cloud services have grown by 20 percent in the past year alone; predictions for “the total outlay for cloud services could nearly double, to $207 billion, by 2016.” As a result, investors are forgoing investments in telecom, infrastructure and install-and-upgrade software and are focusing on investing in cloud services.
Three of the most popular providers of cloud services include Salesforce’s Chatter, Amazon’s Web Services, and Google Apps. Chatter is a social networking platform that provides customer service applications for IT departments. Amazon’s Web Services has also infiltrated the IT department ideal with the ability to purchase applications and space via the cloud. Google Apps is competing against Microsoft Office with its software alternative for document processing; Chromebooks and the Nexus 7 are other cloud applications offered by Google. As the top names in computer technology step up by creating the industry standard using the cloud, expect smaller businesses to follow suit in the near future.
Microsoft Enters the Cloud
Microsoft provides one of the most popular operating systems and word processing software on the market. However, now that cloud services have gone mainstream, the upcoming version of Microsoft Office 2013 will include cloud networking, according to Jerimiah Yap at Gant Daily. The cloud will allow users to access their files from anywhere using Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud services. CIOInsight states that the cloud version of Office 2013 will be called Office 365. As part of Office 2013, the cloud application also includes:
Skype for video and voice calling
Yammer, the social media platform for networking and customer service
Perspective Pixel, which will allow Windows 8, the upcoming operating system, to operate on tablets including iPad and Kindle Fire using a touch screen interface
The cloud provides a server with unlimited storage and connectivity. Using cloud computing increases the speed and productivity of users at home, which extends to the business world as well. Because of the ability for users to extend their technological activities in 2012 and beyond guarantees the cloud won’t be going anywhere soon.
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Lance studied engineering and minored in English. He has a love for all things Android, but appreciates additional platforms.