Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online
- By Michael Miller
- Published Aug 11, 2008 by Que.
- Copyright 2009
- Dimensions: 7 X 9-1/8
- Pages: 312
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-7897-3803-1
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3803-5
- eBook (Adobe DRM)
- ISBN-10: 0-7686-8619-9
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-8619-7
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Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read writing style and his ability to explain a wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.
Mr. Miller has written more than 80 nonfiction books over the past two decades, with more than a million copies in print. His books for Que include Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, How Microsoft Windows Vista Works, Making a Living from Your eBay Business, Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, and Is It Safe? Protecting Your Computer, Your Business, and Yourself Online. You can email Mr. Miller directly at email@example.com.
Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate On-Line
Computing as you know it has changed. No longer are you tied to using expensive programs stored on your computer. No longer will you be able to only access your data from one computer. No longer will you be tied to doing work only from your work computer or playing only from your personal computer.
Enter cloud computing–an exciting new way to work with programs and data, collaborate with friends and family, share ideas with coworkers and friends, and most of all, be more productive! The “cloud” consists of thousands of computers and servers, all linked and accessible to you via the Internet.
With cloud computing, everything you do is now web-based instead of being desktop-based; you can access all your programs and documents from any computer that’s connected to the Internet. Whether you want to share photographs with your family, coordinate volunteers for a community organization, or manage a multi-faceted project in a large organization, cloud computing can help you do it more easily than ever before. Trust us. If you need to collaborate, cloud computing is the way to do it.
• Learn what cloud computing is, how it works, who should use it, and why it’s the wave of the future.
• Explore the practical benefits of cloud computing, from saving money on expensive programs to accessing your documents ANYWHERE.
• See just how easy it is to manage work and personal schedules, share documents with coworkers and friends, edit digital photos, and much more!
• Learn how to use web-based applications to collaborate on reports and presentations, share online calendars and to-do lists, manage large projects, and edit and store digital photographs.
Michael Miller is known for his casual, easy-to-read writing style and his ability to explain a wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience. Mr. Miller has written more than 80 nonfiction books over the past two decades, with more than a million copies in print. His books for Que include Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, and Is It Safe?: Protecting Your Computer, Your Business, and Yourself Online. His website is located at www.molehillgroup.com.
Covers the most popular cloud-based applications, including the following:
• Adobe Photoshop Express
• Apple MobileMe
• Glide OS
• Google Docs
• Microsoft Office Live Workspace
• Zoho Office
CATEGORY: Web Applications
COVERS: Cloud Computing
USER LEVEL: Beginner-Intermediate
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Thin Value Especially foe the Price,
This review is from: Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online (Paperback)I bought this book mostly to serve as a reference and to help me avoid trolling the Internet in search of these resources. The writing is casual and "fluffy." The content is sparse and fragmented. It does little more than state the obvious for the applications it reviews. Sometimes the book covers one application in detail and almost ignores its comparable competitors. Most surprisingly, it never mentions several popular, key resources. The only real convenience the book provides is the names and URLs for the many obscure vendors with Internet-based applications. This book might be worthwhile at perhaps half the price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Practical introduction to cloud computing,
This review is from: Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online (Paperback)In the information technology world, the clouds keep rolling in. But this is hardly a cause for concern. These "clouds" are not threatening thunderheads but Web-based applications and services, accessible from any Internet connection. For instance, many businesses today use Salesforce for customer relationship management and many people use Gmail. In either case, users access these applications through a Web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. However, the users' data (customer names, e-mails and so on) isn't stored on their computers but "in the cloud," the technical term - or geek-speak - for "somewhere on the Internet." Some applications target the consumer, some target the business user and some target the software developer. Whoever the targeted users are, cloud-based applications and similar technologies are the next big trend in IT and getAbstract assures you that Michael Miller's brief, basic and very enthusiastic guide will help you understand them even if you are... Read more
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This review is from: Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online (Paperback)This book is quite informative. It offers a basic review of cloud computing and associated web-based applications for layperson. I enjoy most reading about webtop (web-based destop) and event management. However, it is disappointing to find that most popular applications (e.g. Google Docs, Yahoo!, Windows Live, Apple MobileMe, Adobe Buzzword and Photoshop Express) are only briefly covered.
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Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding Cloud Computing
1 Beyond the Desktop: An Introduction to Cloud Computing
2 Are You Ready for Computing in the Cloud?
3 Developing Cloud Services
Part II: Cloud Computing for Everyone
4 Cloud Computing for the Family
5 Cloud Computing for the Community
6 Cloud Computing for the Corporation
Part III: Using Cloud Services
7 Collaborating on Calendars, Schedules, and Task Management
8 Collaborating on Event Management
9 Collaborating on Contact Management
10 Collaborating on Project Management
11 Collaborating on Word Processing
12 Collaborating on Spreadsheets
13 Collaborating on Databases
14 Collaborating on Presentations
15 Storing and Sharing Files and Other Online Content
16 Sharing Digital Photographs
17 Controlling It All with Web-Based Desktops
Part IV: Outside the Cloud: Other Ways to Collaborate Online 245
18 Collaborating via Web-Based Communication Tools
19 Collaborating via Social Networks and Groupware
20 Collaborating via Blogs and Wikis
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