Software has recently made perhaps its coolest change in history: It entered the cloud.
Basically, the cloud is a big space in the Internet where everything gets stored, documents, photos, videos, and now software. Cloud-based software is easily one of the best technological assets for users yet and here’s why:
It might seem scary to put software up on the Internet, but nothing is more secure than the cloud. All the information and software you put online is stored outside of your physical device, so if your phone breaks or your computer crashes, your information will be totally safe and you don’t even have to repurchase the software.
Also, you don’t have to worry about hackers—the information on the cloud is highly encrypted. As long as you don’t give out your personal account name and password, you’re safe.
You can access all your information, from any device, anywhere. As long as you have Wi-Fi, all of your applications and personal data are at your fingertips.
Losing information in data transfers? Not a problem—you don’t even need to transfer data anymore.
Instead of buying the software for every person and every device in the whole office, you can now use the many apps in the cloud that give your employees unrestricted access to the software on any device, which is much more convenient and much more affordable than buying multiple copies.
It can link all of your personal devices.
Now when you download a song on your phone using Apple Music or Google Play, it also appears on your other devices. When you schedule an appointment on your computer using Google or iCloud calendar, it automatically appears in your phone calendar. That also means that one employee can schedule a work meeting using a cloud-based software and automatically share it with everyone else.
It just gets better.
All software dies out eventually. It gets old and needs to be updated to work out thousands of possible new bugs or complications. With cloud technology, any software app can be updated and improved in a heartbeat, sometimes multiple times a week.
With frequent updates you don’t have to wait around to buy the next available version of software, and in many cases, you can even set the software to update automatically. You can receive instant support and issues can be resolved much more quickly.
Apple and Google’s products are well known, but other companies are adding to the many software apps on the cloud. Many of them are changing the scene by creating software that offers solutions to expensive problems.
For example, ZipBooks is a new accounting software company similar to QuickBooks, but cheaper. Like QuickBooks Online, ZipBooks is accessible anywhere, but unlike QuickBooks, it comes without the monthly payments.
The world is moving up into the cloud, and it’s a great time to take advantage of the great deals that companies are offering. Whether for personal or commercial use, there’s bound to be a cloud-based application for you.
Jenny is a content writer for ZipBooks and a graduate student at Brigham Young University.