Win­dows in the cloud

Your guide to on­line apps and ser­vices – and how you can use them on your PC

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - CONTENTS -

Cloud com­put­ing has changed the way we use tech­nol­ogy. In the past, your PC pow­ered ev­ery­thing you did, but that changed with the emer­gence of cloud apps and ser­vices, which pro­vide fea­tures you’d nor­mally as­so­ciate with a desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion, only streamed to your com­puter over the in­ter­net.

The key ad­van­tage of the cloud is that it trans­fers the heavy lift­ing of run­ning applications from your PC, en­abling you to run com­plex apps and ser­vices with lit­tle more than a web browser. It also makes it easy to ac­cess your data any­where, on any de­vice and at any time – pro­vided you have in­ter­net cov­er­age.

In this fea­ture, we’ll ex­am­ine some of the ways in which you can tap into the cloud. We’ll start by re­veal­ing how to pro­tect your­self from data loss by back­ing up to the cloud, then show you how easy it is to sync that data with other de­vices and share it se­curely with others.

We’ll then look at sev­eral use­ful cloud-based apps and ser­vices that en­able you to do ev­ery­thing from edit images and of­fice doc­u­ments in your web browser to con­vert­ing files and con­nect­ing de­vices to­gether. We’ll then re­veal how to stream mu­sic, video and other me­dia over the in­ter­net be­fore fin­ish­ing off by re­veal­ing how to make sure your cloud en­deav­ours are se­cure

Enough pre-am­ble – it’s time to tap into the power of the cloud…

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