Video confession 19 – In the clouds with Google Docs and Microsoft Skydrive
I haven’t blogged for several weeks and haven’t video confessed for even longer – we have been extremely busy with the “plumbing” – radically changing our wireless network and network core to support the radical changes happening in IT.
In the video we talk about two very easy DIY ways of sharing and accessing documents on-line – we talk about Google Docs and Microsoft’s Skydrive and by implication cloud computing.
Google docs provide the applications and integrate storage with the application. Skydrive provides the storage space but not the application – Skydrive extends the client-server model into the cloud. If you have the applications and want to store and share files then Skydrive is useful, if you don’t have the applications and want to use and share documents then Google Docs is useful.
Google docs provide on-line word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation. If you are on the Internet and have a browser you can do all the normal things you can do with documents, spreadsheets and presentations like create, save, edit and print but you can also do a lot more.
Tour of Google Docs – by Google
Google docs in plain English – how to avoid email ping-pong
– It’s free
– No need to install any software (or worry about security patches and updates) just use a browser
– Access from any machine on that is on the net including smartphones, PC, Apple, Linux etc
– Collaboration and sharing are easy and natural
– Integrate Internet lookup functions and resources – e.g. NASA databases.
– It is mainly for on-line use BUT there is off-line capability to edit documents and to view spreadsheets which then automatically synchronise when you go on-line.
– It’s only for documents, spreadsheets and presentations – you can’t upload database files for example.
– Print formatting is very limited – its focus is on-line
Here are a few links for more information about Google Docs
This provides a free storage folder that you can use to save files to – If you are on the Internet and have a browser you can use Skydrive to do all the normal things you can do with a storage folder plus more.
– It’s free
– It allows you to store any file
– File sharing and publication is easy and natural
– Files can be access any machine on that is on the net using a browser
– You need client software to create and work with the files (e.g. a traditional wordprocessor)
– It can be slow to upload, download and work with files across the Internet
In the video
Abdul talks about using Skydrive to share all manner of program files with colleagues at different colleges and just before we made the video he shared a SQL data file with me.
Mark Talks about using Google Docs to access and collaborate on the IT projects documentation held as a Google spreadsheet workbook. Together Mark, Richard and I refer to and update this document on-line from anywhere and at anytime. Mark also talks about how he accesses Google Docs from his iPhone.
Peter suggests that the iPhone’ bright and large screen is perfect for the older person – a new massive market opportunity for Apple.
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