I recently posted the follwoing article at The Wow Cloud Blog. As you know, Cloud Computing has been the talk of the internet for quite some time now. Who will be in the forefront of this so called revolution? It still remains to be seen. However, here in Riverside, and in the rest of the country, it seems Apple (and Google) are in the forefront of this virtual land grab. Here some positives I see with Apple’s offerings:
10 Cool Things I Love About iCloud
Cloud computing isn’t brand new, but it has recently come to the forefront of home use application. In essence, cloud computing is similar to subscribing to a service where the service provider handles all the technical and logistical aspects of that service. Apple’s iCloud service might be considered an equivalent tool when compared to something like gmail, and below you will find some of the attractive features of the iCloud product that could be valuable for both Mac and PC users alike.
The Big Umbrella – Apple’s iCloud can automatically synchronize data from Macs, PCs and iOS devices, which can help people who are forced to deal with multiple computer worlds.
Freebie – There is no charge for iCloud if you use an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or a Mac, something that will please those who remember the $100/month MobileMe.
Backup – A versatile feature that allows the user to securely backup such content as apps and books, purchased music and photos and videos.
Free Storage – 5 gigabytes of free storage come with iCloud, which allows plenty of room for most users, and additional storage is available for a price.
Automatic Downloads – Music lovers will like this one. For Mac users the iCloud service provides for automatic downloading of all iTune music store purchases, as well as syncing with other devices. Backup qualities mean users will not lose their music, always a concern.
Spam – Effective filters keep unwanted spam to a minimum, which makes for a better user experience, and reduces time waste.
Photo Friendly – Users who are into photography will enjoy the iCloud photo capabilities; Photo Stream uploads photos from any device and automatically pushes them to a user’s other devices and/or computers. Storage is ample, 1000 photos at a time, and syncing means vacation memories can be extensively and easily archived.
Documents – Whether someone is sitting at home with a Mac or readying a business presentation through a phone, iCloud document capabilities enable the user to instantly compose and edit documents from any device.
Readers – Features of iBook now challenge Amazon’s Kindle, and include read-aloud ability, which will coordinate with all devices, enhancing what many say is an already enjoyable iPad experience.
Contacts – Automatic syncing of contacts, calendars and mail is a great feature for both home and business use.
Fans of Apple products will hail the new iCloud as a vast improvement over MobileMe, and synchronization capabilities will keep music lovers on board, and possibly attract users who are used to living in a PC environment.