There is a lot of buzz around cloud computing these days. So what is cloud computing? Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources via the Internet. This delivery can either be free or paid. With cloud computing, the computing resources that you use are delivered over the internet. The computing resources are actually just computers that are distributed all over the world. Everyday new cloud computing tools are being created. The four free cloud computing tools that will increase productivity are related to email, collaboration, file storage and note taking.
Cloud Computing Tool #1 – Email
Are you using Gmail or Yahoo as your email provider? If so, then you are using cloud computing. Gmail and Yahoo allow you to check your email anytime and from anywhere as long as you have access to the internet. You can check your email from your phone, laptop, desktop or iPad. All of your emails you have sent as well as received are always accessible. Even though I have my own domains, I forward those emails to my Gmail account so I will always have access to them. You can even set up your account so the emails are sent using your domain name instead of Gmail.
Cloud Computing Tool #2 – Collaboration
There are times when you need to collaborate with others with regards to documents. I use Google Drive for collaboration. This service used to be called Google Docs. Once again, I can access my documents from my laptop, desktop, cell phone or iPad. Google Drive allows multiple people to all access to the same document and multiple people can edit the document at the same time.
Cloud Computing Tool #3- File Storage
DropBox is a free file storage program that enables you to access your files as long as you have an internet connection. It also works on multiple platforms. DropBox allows you to access your photos, documents and videos. You can also easily share them. You can set up DropBox so that any pictures you take on your phone or iPad will be automatically uploaded to DropBox. There is also a WordPress plug-in that allows you to back up your Word Press sites to DropBox.
Cloud Computing Tool #4 – Note Taking
Are you the type of person that thinks about something at the oddest times and would love to have a way to write it down so you don’t forget? I have the perfect tool for you. Evernote allows you to take notes that are available to you anywhere. Never again will you experience that awful feeling you feel when you think of something brilliant, have no way to write it down and then forget it later.
Using cloud computing tools have many advantages. Your documents, email, photos, videos and music are not stored on your personal computer so you won’t lose them if your hard disk crashes or your computer is stolen. Your data is safe on the web. Also, using these tools prevents you from having to invest in expensive infrastructure.