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Cloud Computing eBook

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While we’re talking about using web-based applications on the road, remem-

ber that any application or document housed in the cloud is accessible from

wherever you may be. All you need is a computer (and it doesn’t even have to

be your computer) and Internet access. Log in to the appropriate site, enter

your username and password, and then open whatever document you need.

It’s the same document you worked on back in the office, so you don’t have to

worry about remembering to synchronize files between computers. Make your

changes on the road and you’ll see them when you get back to the office. You

can even print your documents remotely, if your computer is connected to a

printer or you have access to a hotel or conference hall business center.

This is one of the great things about cloud computing; it doesn’t matter where

you are. You can be in the office, at a trade show, or visiting a client in

another city, and you always have access to the same applications and docu-

ments. You don’t have to worry about taking the right copy of a document

with you, or making sure you have a compatible version of the software pro-

gram loaded on your notebook PC. You always use the same apps, and you

always access the same docs. As long as you have a computer and Internet

access, it’s just like you were in the office.

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PART IICloud Computing for Everyone

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THE VIRTUAL COMPANY

In the old days, running a business meant renting an office, arranging

for a phone line and utilities, hiring a secretary, hiring a staff, and the

like. Every morning you left home, commuted to the office, had the

secretary handle your phone calls, and managed the staff. Every night

you left the office and made the commute back home; you left your

work at the office.

Today, however, you often don’t have to do any of that. Thanks to the

Internet and web-based applications, you can run a one-person com-

pany from the comfort of your home. You don’t have to spend several

hours a week commuting. You don’t have to rent expensive office

space. You don’t have to hire a secretary or a staff. You can do every-

thing yourself, from home, over the Internet.

And, if you decide to take a vacation or a long weekend or just visit the

local coffeehouse for a few hours, you can take your office with you.

Your notebook computer can access the Internet anywhere there’s a

Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Internet is where all your applications and data

are based. Your customers don’t have to know that you’re sipping a

latte in the corner table at Starbucks or relaxing under an umbrella on

the beach; all they know is that you’re returning their emails and work-

ing on important documents. That you’re doing so over the web, using

web-based applications, is irrelevant.

The real power of cloud computing is that it lets you run your com-

plete operation by yourself, from anywhere you happen to be. Web-

based applications provide all the support you used to get from highly

paid employees, and your office itself is in the cloud rather than in an

expensive office building. Your costs are lower while your reach is

wider. The cloud lets even the smallest business operate like a large

enterprise over the web. This truly is the age of the virtual company.

Are you taking advantage of all that the cloud has to offer?

CHAPTER 6Cloud Computing for the Corporation

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PART

Using Cloud Services

7Collaborating on Calendars, Schedules, and Task Management

8Collaborating on Event Management

9Collaborating on Contact Management

10Collaborating on Project Management

11Collaborating on Word Processing

12Collaborating on Spreadsheets

13Collaborating on Databases

14Collaborating on Presentations

15Storing and Sharing Files and Other Online Content

16Sharing Digital Photographs

17Controlling It All with Web-Based Desktops

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CHAPTER

IN THIS CHAPTER

Exploring Online Calendar
Applications

Exploring Online Scheduling
Applications

Exploring Online Planning and
Task Management

Collaborating on Calendars,
Schedules, and Task
Management

This section of the book takes a look at different types of

personal and business computing tasks, and at the

web-based applications that can facilitate those tasks.

Think of this section as a giant catalog of the best of what

cloud computing has to offer: Whatever type of application

you’re looking for, chances are there’s something in the

cloud that will do the job for you.

We start our examination of these cloud services with appli-

cations that help you get organized—calendars, schedulers,

planners, and task management tools. Whether you want to

keep a simple group calendar or to-do list or need some-

thing more powerful to schedule appointments and meet-

ings, you’re sure to find some web-based application in this

chapter to your liking.

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