Lets face it more and more people are being given Notebooks at their place of work. You want to have access to files at the office and away. You may not have internet access and your VPN performance might not be what you would like.
You can certainly use Cloud based solutions and sync to the cloud – but security might be an issue with work related documents. Company policy might be to save all files on the network so they are backed up and keep nothing on your local drive on your notebook.
There are several different solutions you might want to look at when your trying to follow policy as well as being as productive as possible. You can use Microsoft Live Mesh to sync your network files or folders with your local drive on your notebook. Alternatively I saw a small application reviewed today called FOLDER Replica (Win2000 / XP / Vista / Win7). Take a look for yourself – read the review it might be handy to have.
Folder replica is a folder synchronization program that is designed to make your life easier in daily file manipulation routines. Advancement in HDD drive technology has made hard drives a cheap, fast and accessible backup option. The flexibility to copy and change data on to your backup device has brought new problems of how to avoid unnecessary data transfer every time you want to make a fresh copy of your data.
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I’m excited about the announcement of Office365 for education, which represents the evolution of Live@edu, and provides a game-changing opportunity for education in cloud computing. Office 365 for education builds off of the great platform we’ve established with Live@edu to provide a better experience for communication, collaboration, and productivity tools for education institutions of all types…while saving costs and delivering a great connected experience for students and educators.
In addition to providing an Exchange Online, Outlook and Office Web Apps solution, we will be expanding the portfolio to include SharePoint Online, Lync Online, and Office Professional Plus. Office 365 for education will include the same services available in Office 365 for enterprises…but specifically tailored to meet the needs of educators, students, and education partners. It will have the same uptime commitment, backed up by a service level agreement, as enterprises. You can learn more about the new offering here.
Being that Office is huge portion of Microsoft revenue – this is something that is a bit of surprise, but really they had no choice in the matter. This is where the market and competition is taking everyone….
OFFICE 365 is the new name.
Educators – Watch out as there is an educational version of this coming out as well – Same product, just with educational pricing. You should see this coming earlier next year.
What is Office 365, beyond the new release of BPOS, Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite?
Office 365 includes a new SMB version of what’s currently called BPOS; an enterprise version of BPOS v2; a new government version of BPOS (which is currently known as BPOS Federal); and a refresh of the student/education-focused Live@Edu offering. All of these are supposed to be out by next year.
Some great information from someone’s opinion I have always trusted – ZCNet – Mary-Jo Foley
Might be interesting – we will have to wait and see! More and more applications are moving to the cloud with 24×7 access – anywhere – anytime.