One of my favorite apps that I use daily on my computer and iphone is called Dropbox. Do you want to be able to access your files from anywhere you are? Computer, web, phone, and or tablet? Dropbox is a cool app that allows you to do this seamlessly by simply installing the app on your computer, or your smartphone. Dropbox is cloud service that basically backs up any changes you make to a file no matter which device you’re using to access the file.
• 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
• Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
• Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
• Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
•Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
Another cool feature is file sharing. You can share folders and thereby documents so if you need to collaborate with someone, you all have access to the same file. Never be without your files again.
Windows on an iPad? Want access to Microsoft Office application on your iPad? With OnLive Desktop you will have access to a Windows7 Cloud desktop. This service allows you to have access to a Windows 7 desktop machine with Office pre-installed, a file storage center with 2gb of free storage space. What’s cool is that you can access your OnLive Desktop account through a web browser if you want to download or upload files for editing or review on the iPad or your main computing system. You will have to get used to the Windows keyboard versus the iPad keyboard when you’re using this app.
To see a demo check out this link http://desktop.onlive.com/
To use OnLive Desktop you will first have to create an account. There are several service accounts available however you will receive 2GB of cloud storage for free just for signing up for the service.
• PC Microsoft Office with 2GB cloud storage Free
• Full-featured document viewing and editing programs
• Easily transfer files between OnLive Desktop and other devices
BVA has seen a lot of ups and downs with the Microsoft in-the-cloud offering with Exchange. We have been a BPOS partner for over two years with great success overall but have run into some small and large problems that we want to disclose. One of the biggest problems with the offering is that Microsoft does not backup the mail data over 14 days through an OST locally on the users hard drive as well as one in the Cloud Store. Another problem is the sub-folder size and being extremely careful with the deletion process with those sub-folders. Meaning in one scenario, a client deleted a sub-folder that was greater than 2GB in size and as a result deleted it from the OST for recovery. There is an outlook rule where it states that any sub-folder deleted that is over the size of 3GB will not go to the recycling bin but rather delete completely off the store. There is no way to restore the the file from the cloud or the local OST which can be quite painful. This has been verified with Microsoft and they really do not have a good reason of why this is the case. Microsoft’s suggestion is to purchase an additional service called Email Archiving for an additional $4.25. The cost for some of the BPOS offerings are as followed:
Technical Support (All Break Fix issues, Partner Care questions and routing)
BPOS Technical Support
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1-866-MSONLINE, 1-866-441-8425, (425)-704-4614