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Seamus Byrne is the Editor of CNET Australia. At other times he'll be found messing with apps, watching TV, building LEGO, and rolling dice. Usually at the same time.

When we talk about cloud and sync services, it's sometimes easy to forget the juggernauts of the industry.

Google is about a lot more than just search these days, and, if you have a Google account, then there are dozens of amazing applications tucked away for you to discover.

Google Docs lets you work directly through the web on documents, and have them available wherever you need them. Google's photo application Picasa also lets you push all of your pictures up into your Google account, and you can add storage at a cost of around $5 per year per 20GB.

Upgrading to a Google Apps account adds even more cloud-service options, and all are delivered under your very own domain name — and you can get Google Apps for free!

You can go very deep with a lot of different services from Google. If you do some digging around there, you may find the solutions you've been looking for.

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Ramrunner posted a comment   

@gregory.opera - SECONDED! My company became an authorized Google Apps reseller and integrator once we had a bit of testing with it. Awesome. at what works out to be about $4.33 per month per user - extremely cheap also.


kalval posted a comment   

I still find windows live mesh combined with skydrive to be the most useful cloud service. It allows you to sync any folders you want across skydrive and multiple computers. I have my documents synced so that if I save a file in documents on my desktop, it will automatically sync to my laptop and skydrive. So I can access my documents on both pcs and from any computer with access to hotmail. Similar to dropbox only more storage and more natively integrated with the OS, and it even allows you to sync internet favourites betweens pcs.

There's also calendar and contacts syncing which integrates with facebook events and birthdays, a free online version of office, and one of the best groups services I've used.


gregory.opera posted a comment   

Google Apps is the best!

My wife and I both have a domain each that is powered by Google Apps, and this enables us to have for our e-mail, which is also natively linked-up to virtually all of Google's services!

Well worth the money we pay, especially if you're an Android user (Google Apps is supported by Android, which synchronizes loads of content including contacts with one's Google account)...

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