As our lifestyles evolve to embrace the advantages modern technology affords each of us, the need for mobility and flexibility will continue to grow, and the key to that combination of technology and mobility is The Cloud. Microsoft and Google were among the first major players to attempt to capitalize on that with their cloud-based applications, and they continue to be trailblazers in the field.
Back around 2005, 2006, or something like that, Google launched a small suite of apps that lived and worked entirely online. Those apps, which included Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, and more, was essentially a free, online version of Microsoft’s flagship product called Office.
It is The Cloud that makes us free to move about the country with our devices and still be able to reach the data we need, and in some cases, it even makes it possible to use the apps we need as well.
The beauty of Google Drive, other Google Apps, and Office 365, is that users can connect to and access their files virtually anywhere they have access to an internet connection.
You can start a project at work Friday afternoon.
Work on it Friday night from the bleachers of the local high school football game.
Then you can pick it up again Saturday morning from the computer at home.
Sunday, if you dare, you can make even more tweaks to your documents using your phone on the back pew of the church or synagogue of your choice.
Then when Monday comes along, you can walk into the office, sit down at your desk, and pull up that same project again, and every bit of it will be there, even the changes you made from the sleeper’s pew at the church house.
If you’re one of those people who like to have excuses for those times when you fail to get things done, then Cloud Apps might not be for you because they have the power to follow you around like a bad credit score. No longer are you going to be able to blame not being able to access your data, or files, because those files are available from everywhere. Talk about a boost to a businesses accountability measures.
Not only can Office 365 improve your productivity and accountability measures, it also costs only a few bucks per user every month, and it is continually updated by Microsoft, so no need to buy a brand new suite of apps every few years like we’ve all had to do in the past.
The subscription method of buying software is perched to be the new normal throughout tech as we move forward. The business model is one that works well for manufacturers, and the convenience of having easy updates and continual access everywhere you go, is proving to be a win-win for everyone one involved.
Find out more about Office 365 here.