One of the prime advantages to moving your desktop applications to the cloud is that you are freed from your desktop. The software and applications will be ready to use any time you have a connected computer. That’s liberating for when you’re traveling. But what about the times when you have your computer and no connection? In the real world, Internet connections are not yet pervasive for most of us.
To compare Microsoft’s cloud strategy for applications compared with its main competitor, Google, you need to ask yourself whether 100 percent availability is important; not just 365 availability, but 24/7 too. And on that measure, Microsoft has just given itself a big edge in the mobile application space.
The Office 365 suite provides easy and effective synching between desktop and cloud data storage, so you can realize the full advantage of cloud mobility. Google apps by comparison put the burden on you to monitor file versions, doing a double save every time you change a document, in order to maintain synchronicity. That’s a burden that could be justified by Google’s dramatically lower cost. But over time, it’s an economy that will start to wear on the average user.
The advantage increases when you look at managing personal data like calendars and contacts. How many times a day are they updated? How many times a day do you want to do a manual synch?
Microsoft took a big step forward with its release of Office 365. The progress of the applications suite is definitely more in tune with the way business users need to work and its a solid mile ahead of the Google App approach.