WORKING ON THE CLOUD
The Cloud is not such a big deal. In fact, getting there is as simple as opening an email account. While there might be limitations to how much of the cloud storage you can avail of for free, it would still complement your office work in a big way, letting you access important files wherever you are and also aid collaborating with others without the need to sit across a table from them.
GOOGLE DRIVE: Add this as a folder in My Documents and keep syncing all your important files to the cloud. You will be able to access these files anywhere, anytime. Used with software provided by the service provider, you will be able to open and edit files, even those for which you don’t have a licence.
MICROSOFT SKYDRIVE: When Windows 8 comes all your work will be synced to the cloud so that you can continue work wherever you are. The sync is also real time and multiple users collaborate on a single file when needed.
EVERNOTE: If you see something interesting while browsing, you can clip it entirely or in parts using the Evernote Webclipper, a widget you add to browsers. The clips can be accessed later from any device. It can also save documents using the app and retrieve or share them.
DROPBOX: Use this to save whole folders to the cloud and access the same from your phone or tablet. While it can act as a good backup for your files, the service can also be used to share these large files with anyone.
NIVIO: This service lets you open and edit most Microsoft Office files from Google Drive as and when needed. With a nivio account you can also have a Windows desktop in the cloud, which you can access from any computer anywhere.
4SHARED: 4shared, and its PC programme 4sync, work like any other cloud service, syncing your stuff online. But this service also has a whole new dimension, where it lets you access other cloud services from its platform.