Gone are the days of having one computer in the home or office. Many of us now have smart phones, tablets such as iPads, and a laptop or two. Each is capable of delivering your email and displaying your documents, and "the cloud" is the best way to accomplish this. Once your data is in the cloud, it is backed up automatically, and follows you on all your devices. Adding a new device is as easy as logging into your cloud account. No need to transfer files and export address books ever again! AND it doesn't matter what operating system your new device uses, all you need are the browser or apps for your cloud provider and away you go.
Most of our computing now happens within an internet browser. Browsers are in the cloud now too- most allow you to log into the browser, and this allows all your browser settings to synchronise settings on all your devices. For example, now I am logged into Chrome on my Macbook, but when I move to my office desktop computer (with Windows) to do some serious work, in the Chrome browser I will have all my favourites, bookmarks, saved passwords, just as I left them on my laptop.
There are many cloud service providers, the most prominent are Google (Google Apps which has just been rebranded G Suite), Apple (iCloud), and Microsoft (Office 365). And they all work on all your devices, regardless of operating system! Welly IT Solutions works with all these services, but our clear favourite in terms of cost, storage capacity, and features is currently Google's G Suite and the Chrome browser. iCloud has recently been updated but it is still not as seamless to use as Google. Office 365 is a fine service but requires a subscription. The other two are free for basic uses.
When you're ready to make the move, or if you have questions or concerns, just give us a call on 0274916411. We will discuss your particular situation and come up with a plan that best suits your needs.
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Sue Rotto has been providing comprehensive technical support to schools, businesses, and home users in Wellington for over 18 years.