It is not the purpose of this book to make you a cloud computing expert overnight. It’s not going to teach you all the possible ways to leverage the technology of cloud computing, because they are in essence, limitless – bound only by your imagination.
There are hundreds of ways cloud computing can help the average computer user be more productive; from sharing files across your own personal home computers for instant access anywhere, to collaborating with others on documents for personal or business use. Since its debut, “cloud computing” has seemed like a complicated term only advanced users could master. Many people have stayed away from learning anything about it because they fear its overly complicated.
Partly Cloudy is designed to teach a normal, average, everyday computer user how to use cloud computing, with step by step walk throughs, detailed pictures of what buttons to press, and a few examples of how you can use it yourself, all for free. There are many free cloud services out there and this book takes you step by step through some of them and provides links at the end for more resources you can use for free.
Did you know there are free graphic-design programs out there you can use on the web? Why pay $100 for Photoshop Elements?
You can also avoid the need to pay for expensive software such as Microsoft Office by replacing them with free cloud-based versions that never need to be purchased, never need updating and don’t ever break or cause you computer problems! Save yourself $300 and put that money somewhere else!
There are even free sound-stage programs, free spreadsheet programs, and tons more. The cloud provides an immense opportunity for you to utilize things you already know how to do in a way that can make you more productive AND works as a backup in case you accidentally delete files you didn’t mean to.
The applications for it for people of all types are endless. The instructions and programs outlined in this book are designed for anyone using Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and even has some cool applications you can install on your smart phone or tablet to REALLY take advantage of cloud computing on the go!
This book is not intented for computer geeks, programmers, or developers. Likewise it isn’t a “for Dummies” book either. It is written for the average person who wants to know how to leverage some of the Cloud technology in their lives, for both business and home users, and hopefully delivered to you in a way that is both informative and entertaining.