Working in The Cloud

Josiah Adams, reporter

Being a student isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Essays and power-point presentations make up just a small part of the list of things that plague the lives of high school students across the nation. Although there are no gadgets or magic spells that will rid you of the challenges of creating quality work, by “Working in the Cloud” you can ease that suffering.

Sure you can spend $15 on the traditional USB flash drive. They weigh next to nothing, and allow you to save your work with ease. Everyone should have a USB if possible. But for work purposes, saving all of your documents on a single flash drive is not the best thing to do. Simply because things do go wrong.

Working in the Cloud basically means you can edit and save documents online. Because of this, you have the ability to access any of your precious documents if you have connection to wifi. Documents saved on the cloud can even be downloaded so that you may present powerpoints offline, and work on papers through Microsoft Word.

Google Drive: Google Drive is a free service to anyone with a Google+ account. It operates using the Cloud, allowing you access to any of your documents on any device able to connect to the internet, and saves your work with every key you press. You don’t have to worry about losing all of your work because of the computer crashing, misplacing that USB, or not being able to access a document because of formatting. Google Drive is a great program, but unless you download the offline access feature, you will not be able to make any changes to your documents when internet access is not available. Because of this I would consider downloading this feature, or just using Microsoft Word if you plan on working offline.

Microsoft SkyDrive: The SkyDrive program is very similar to Google Drive. It has the same editing format as the Microsoft programs, but it does not automatically save your work after every action like Google Drive. Is it a quality program? The answer is yes! Is it better than Google Drive? That‘s up to personal preference.

Prezi: Prezi is another free service that operates off of a cloud system. Unlike the two previous services, Prezi is strictly dedicated to being an online powerpoint maker. The themes, frames, and other features makes Prezi come across as an overall more entertaining, lively, and enjoyable alternative to the classical Microsoft Powerpoint programs. It may also be downloaded so that it can be viewed offline.

Overall cloud storage is very convenient when internet access is available, and I prefer using it over the traditional USB. I have had nothing but positive experiences with working with cloud storage.