Best cloud-based programs for Windows OS

cloud programs

Today more and more software developers decide to either completely move to the cloud or start sharing their services between online and desktop-based.

Should you move online, as well?

That really depends. With some programs, yes but other tasks should definitely be left on your hard-disk for desktop use.

Here are the best software of both worlds.

First and foremost, what are the musts.

Essentials

dropbox

Dropbox, Box

I use Dropbox for everything. Basically, I use it to share family folders with my kids and my wife and work folders to share with my colleagues. Also, my automatic screenshots and mobile photos are also saved in my Dropbox. I now have over 5GB free and I have never ran out of space.

Jing, Lightshot

No one likes to be wasting time on trivial tasks. You probably spend hours online, sometimes you see something you want to share. Then, you probably would press PrtScn button, copy the image to Paint, crop, save, upload it to Dropbox or share the image through email.

Jing or Lightshot allow sharing images (including leaving notes) in a couple of clicks.

Text Processor

drive suite

Our recommendation – Google Drive Suite

After Microsoft Word started lagging for me, I gave Google Drive a shot and never looked back. Add-ons make it a powerful tool while constant autosaving make sure I never lose what I write.

I will only say that if I used spreadsheets more often, I would use Excel for this.

Photo editing

pixrl

Our recommendation – Pixlr

There are many tools you can use to play with your photos but none of them can compare to the power of Photoshop. However, if you just need to alter a few details, maybe remove the red-eye effect, Pixlr will be enough for most of your needs.

Calendar

calendar

Our recommendation –  Google Calendar

Please don’t sign up to those expensive schedule management services. Learn a few tricks and Google Calendar will be the best tool you ever used. Easy to share, accessible on virtually any device, ability to color-code your multiple calendars. It’s powerful and yet a very slick tool.

To Do List/Notes

keep

Our recommendation – Keep

It was a time when I used a desktop app for my schedule, to do list, etc. It was called My Organization or something like that. It was a long time ago. Now, for a few years already I moved all my tasks online. Again, like Calendar.

Note taking apps seem to split people, you may like OneNote, or Evernote. Personally, I use Keep. It’s so simple and yet, with the right system, it’s incredible powerful (sort, color-code, label, set reminders). All free.

So, for example, on one note I have my shopping list that is only 5-8 points, while on the other I have almost a whole book-worth of content in lessons on how to play Texas Hold’em. Whatever the format, Keep is a great tool for that.

Storage

hard drive

Our recommendation – External Hard Drive

Call me paranoid but I am not leaving my photos and videos on a cloud. These days there are just too many DDoS attacks on big companies, ransomware viruses, celebs being hacked.

I’m no celebrity but one thing I prefer not to move to a cloud-based platforms are my personal files.

Various types of softwares that you must know

The software can be understood as a part of the computer system- It is a program that enables the use of the computer and other devices. The software consists of some instructions that provided the user with a way to interact with the computer and all of its components such as the hardware so that the task at hand can be performed. There is not one particular kind of software, their operation and their uses vary. It can be a set of programs that enables the user to use it for a specific purpose as instructed or it can be the set of programs. They are embedded on the devices like the computer of mobile phones, to serve its core purposes to its many users. Without these software programs, the hardware is not capable of providing services. This software is usually packed in CD-ROMs and diskettes with the manuals, user guide, warranty and other needed papers but now, at this day and age of advancement, most of the software programs can be bought on the internet from various sites for free or for a price.

There is two main type of software. The two type of software is the broad category under which some software is laid.

The two types of software are – System software and Application software. In this article, we will be looking for these two broad types.

  1. System Software – These types of software programs are linked to the hardware such as the CPU, RAM, Disk, etc., to manage the computer with the system operation as the components of the computer need instructions to work, the instructions that make up the operation of the system are known as the disk operation system (DOS) which are the very first files that are to be installed on the hard drive. The files are installed to inform the various components of the computer about the various tasks needed to carry out and manage the files and systems. The system software connects the hardware and the other programs and supports the application systems. Its role is to act as the middle program where the hardware and the application of the user meet to function. There is various sub section to the system software, they are:
    1. Operating system
    2. Language translators
    3. Common utility programs
  1. Application Software – While the system software works in the background as programs of the computer system, the application software deals only with a particular task that it is programmed to carry out. There is an infinite amount of application software that is working for the specific need. These are the programs that work with the certain purpose of the users. Application software is more known to the general as the other term for it is called ‘Apps’. Many can download these apps from various sources, and it is not hard to do so. Some of the application software are:
    1. Word processor
    2. Multimedia software
    3. Graphic software
    4. Database software
    5. Education and reference software
    6. Web browser