To the cloud! Sounds like the Microsoft commercial right? Umm, excuse me Microsoft.... what cloud are you speaking of?

Cloud computing is the new form of "shared" working options. For small businesses, this can be an in-expensive way for their business to operate and share information with staff and end-users. Just like the different types of actual clouds, you have options when it comes to the virtual cloud that you select for your business. 


Microsoft offers the following services to its users:

  • Email
  • Document sharing
  • Instant Messaging
  • Calendar and Task tracking
  • Blogging services
  • Photo Sharing Services

Using Windows Live for your business can be a great way to share information and access your information on the go, however it does has its limitations. 


Google offers a great FREE option for small business owners that are looking for a way to cut the cost of in-office computing. MTS has fully integrated the majority of googles productivity tools into our business operations. With googlee we get the to use these great tools to share information and always be in contact whether in or out of the office:

  • gmail 
  • google docs (my personal favorite of all the apps)
  • google voice
  • google calendar
  • blogger
  • youtube
  • google checkout
  • google talk

I could keep going but the list is endless. The one key component that makes Google stand out from the rest is the fact that all of their services integrate with one another which allows for seamless integration of all their software into your business operations. Your gmail username and password will give you access to all of the great features that google has to offer and you can also link/connect with other google users. 


For us, at MTS, it is important to be able to share docs, have an virtual office calendar, task list and easy email. The best part for us is that we can access all of our information on the go and all of our Gooogle docs can be donwloaded into a MS format so transition from "The Cloud" to our actual pc is easy and painless. 


I know, it sounds like an advetisement for google, but it really is just a great resource for small business owners, that is free. 


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