Microsoft's Office cloud apps and storage are one of the Web's best-kept secrets. Why settle for Google Docs?
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The key to all this functionality is Microsoft's SkyDrive service, which provides 25GB of free file storage. You can see the relationship between SkyDrive and other Microsoft services and software as well as mobile devices in the diagram above. You can upload and store files of any type to SkyDrive using a simple Web interface. Once there, files can be manipulated: move, copy, edit, rename, or download them. SkyDrive also provides access to and storage for the free Microsoft Office Web Apps service. Office Web Apps includes versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that run in major Web browsers including Firefox and Chrome.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.