Get Your Head in the Clouds

With the Web as a repository, ‘cloud computing’ allows users to air on the side of convenience.

Photo Illustration: Jason Jones

“Cloud computing” is the latest buzzword in the tech marketplace. But even with all the hype, most consumers don’t know what
it means.

Confusion reigns because cloud computing isn’t just one specific thing; it’s actually a collection of software and services all tied in to the Internet. Cloud computing lets you ditch traditional applications like Microsoft Office or Yahoo Messenger, and instead rely on Web-based software you can access from your browser, or “in the cloud.”

Some services—Web-based email services like Gmail or Hotmail—you’ve probably been using for years. But more advanced features like online syncing of documents, music streaming and remote file backup are the future of the Internet.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the different cloud-computing options:

Document storage: Thanks to the cloud, you no longer need to have your USB thumb drive to take your documents and spreadsheets on the go. If you’re a Microsoft Office user like most of the world, Office 365 ( can be your new workspace, offering the functionality of Office, including storage of files, from right within your browser. Plans start at $6 per month, and a free trial is available. If you’re looking for free alternatives, try Google Docs ( or Evernote (

Back up and access your files: Forget backing up to an external drive or emailing huge files to your friends. Instead, try Dropbox (, a free service that lets you upload to the cloud. A basic account comes with 2 gigabytes, while larger plans can be purchased. Dropbox also offers an application to install on your computer, letting you simply copy files into a local folder where they will automatically be uploaded and synced online. Also available is Windows Live Mesh (part of, while Apple’s iCloud ( should be out any day. Both offer 5 gigabytes for free.

Stream your music: Amazon Cloud Player ( lets you upload your collection to Amazon’s servers and stream them to a computer, or even your Android phone. So if your phone has limited storage and you’ve got a large repository of music, this is an easy way to access all of your songs on the go. Amazon Cloud Player comes with 5 gigabytes of free storage, but you can pay for more space. Another option, if you can get an invite, is Google Music (, currently in beta.

Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

Orlando's Top Chiropractors of 2015

Check out our searchable 2015 list of some of the best chiropractors in the Orlando area.

Ask a Vet 2015

Local vets answer some important questions about your pets.

Premier Veterinarians 2015

Check out our searchable 2015 list of some of the best vets in the Orlando area.

Choosing a Graduate School

Programs at UCF and Rollins College

Top Vets 2014

Check out our searchable 2014 list of some of the best vets in Orange and Seminole counties.

Premier Realtors

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!

Wedding Resource Guide

Find the best wedding vendors in Orlando.

Summer Getaways 2015

Summer is finally on its way and now is the perfect time to plan your getaway. Check out some of these great deals and special destinations just a short drive from Orlando.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Weekend Happenings in Orlando November 27 to 29

Find the best events in and around Orlando for the weekend.

Holiday Dining

Special-Occasion Dining for the Holidays in Orlando

Great Scott!

Comedian Carrot Top returns to his old stomping ground for a show at The Plaza Live! on Dec. 14.

Weekend Happenings in Orlando November 20 to 22

Find the best events in and around the city for the weekend.

A Runner's Paradise

Destination Marathons and Running Races Near Orlando
Edit Module