Should You Try Cloud Computing?

We are all used to using programs that are installed on our computers. Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation managers are among the most commonly used tools. In the last few years a new method to deliver these services has become common.

In cloud computing software you access programs from a server through a web browser. The browser serves as your window to create and edit documents. All the documents are then stored in your account on the server.

I have been using Google Docs for several years with no problems. Here are some advantages I have found with cloud computing:

There are some cautions and caveats:

I would recommend Google Docs without reservation. Microsoft has just started its cloud computing service. I will be experimenting with it in the next few months. The new Office 2010 is supposed to be better integrated with the cloud service. You can sign in to Office Live here: http://office.live.com 

Here are examples of files I have made with Google Docs:

Peter Linehan